I was born in the Dominican Republic, and when I was 10 years old my mother decided that we would move to the United States to live with my stepfather. From an early age, both my mother and father always instilled in me the qualities of a hard working woman. My father always reminded me that in order to accomplish everything that I wanted, I would need to work as hard as I can.
Armed with determination, I applied to different universities and was accepted to many of them. I’m currently a student in Montclair State University’s Class of 2019. I am studying Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Social Work and minoring in Paralegal Studies. Growing up, I have always been passionate about law and helping others. Also, throughout the years I have spent volunteering at my local YMCA and being around children, I learned that I am also passionate about working with kids. I’ve decided to combine both of my passions and, in the near future, become a social worker. This will allow me to help children and their families.
Applying to America Needs You has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. I’m tremendously grateful for the opportunity to be one of the 2016 Fellows. With ANY by my side, I feel that I will be able to reach my full potential and beyond.