In order to provide a better quality of life for me, my parents immigrated to the United States from Ecuador. I was born in Queens, New York, but my family relocated to Chicago when I was just a year old. Growing up in an immigrant household was certainly not easy, but seeing my father start from the bottom and work his way up to becoming a successful business owner has really motivated me to go after my dreams and to always strive for more.
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and although I am still exploring my career options, I think a career in journalism could be perfect for me. With a career in journalism, I could combine my passion for writing with my passion for gender equality. While I have been entrusted with several managerial responsibilities for my father’s business, not all women have this opportunity, as they are often discredited simply for their gender. As a journalist, I would be able to shed some more light on the topic of gender inequality and help end this unlawful discrimination.
Being a first-generation college student can be challenging at times, but I am confident that the America Needs You Program will provide me with the help and support necessary to become successful in my journey. I am excited to see myself develop professionally and prepared to take full advantage of the internship opportunities that will allow me to gain valuable skills, knowledge, and experience.