I came to the United States from Bangladesh as a teenager – the period of life that Samuel Ullman describes as the freshness of the deep springs of life. However, as a new immigrant navigating life in the U.S. without my parents, my teenage years were a series of new challenges and new lessons.

I am student at the City University of New York. I am interested in the CUNY B.A. program that provides students with an opportunity to create their own degree plan. As a business student, I am looking to take comprehensive courses in the field of business and technology. My goal is to become an entrepreneur and expand my business to the third world countries where a majority of the people are unemployed and struggle with poverty throughout their lives.

In addition to being a full-time student, I am employed at my college campus as a Student Technology Mentor with the Center for Teaching and Learning Department. My primary job duty is to assist students and faculty members in terms of using different software and applications. My job has accelerated my passion and knowledge about technology. I believe that new innovation of technology can bring enormous benefits in terms of business expansions and social developments.

There is a famous saying that goes “opportunities don’t happen, you create them”. As a first-generation college student, I am thankful to the ANY Fellows Program for providing me with opportunities and guidance that I’m not able to receive from my family.

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