My sense of responsibility for my family and future was gained early in life after experiencing loss when I was just nine years old. Although this difficult experience made me grow up faster than I was supposed to, it allowed me to evaluate what was important in my life and I saw that it was my education. That is why I am determined to graduate as a first-generation college student at a four-year university and earn my degree in my field of interest, which will allow me to support not only myself but also my family.
I attend Baruch College, where I plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Investments and pursue a career in financial services. I am particularly interested in investment management and banking, and look forward to exploring these fields further through internships. My interest in finance started at the Elevate Diversity Forum, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch where I had the participated in a case study competition with students from other colleges for two days. As part of the competition, my group evaluated three possible locations for a new branch of our hypothetical investment firm. I found this competition empowering because it gave me the opportunity to understand the management side of an investment bank and fortified my desire to work in the field.
American Needs You will ultimately help me achieve my goals of earning my degree while also giving me opportunities that will help me become a stronger leader, both professionally and personally.