According to the 2011 Census, the average American changes residence 11.7 times in his or her life. I am not the average American, having already moved eight times before reaching the age of 18. I adapted to a life in which packing my belongings, moving to new towns, and making new friends has become second nature. My parents immigrated to New York from South Korea to provide a better education, life, and infinite opportunities for their children – the American dream.
Because of my family’s strong work ethic, I have always been involved in many extracurricular activities, such as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and community service. I received awards at FBLA state conferences, which enabled me to compete nationally in Texas. My commitment to volunteering stems from my passion to help others; I intend on volunteering abroad to combat illiteracy through a non-profit called buildOn, which constructs schools in developing countries. My diligence has brought me to Baruch College to explore my interests in law and finance.
While I’ve grown at ease when meeting new people as a result of my somewhat nomadic life, I consistently hesitate to cultivate relationships that I fear I may soon have to leave. ANY provides me the opportunity to engage in a community of Fellows and Mentor Coaches who I am certain will continue to be involved in my professional and personal development. I am ready for my next move as a 2015 New York Fellow, equipped with an equally mobile community.