As an immigrant and coming to the United States at only five years old, I had to adapt quickly. The transition was difficult but my adaptability was key to my future success. Throughout the years I have made many changes but the most difficult one was the move to Brooklyn College, where I currently major in political science. The academic workload came naturally to me but the long hour and a half commute was challenging each day. To make the time go faster I would review my notes from class the previous day and study for any tests I might have in the near future.
I have always been a thinker and writer. Writing down my thoughts and analyzing situations involving other people made me want to pursue a career in the law field. This, also a major transition from being a part of Staten Island Youth Court, a restorative justice system that helps youth realize the affect their offenses have on not only themselves but the community as well. My role in this program was to do intakes with youth that have been arrested for misdemeanors, listen to their side of the story and consequently deliver them sanctions that would best benefit them in the future.
I am excited to see what America Needs you has to offer and I am thrilled to be a part of the 2015 Fellows! I am interested in building a connection with each of the Fellows and Mentor Coaches in my class.