I was born in a small town in the Dominican Republic, but when I was four years old my family and I were given the great opportunity to come to the United States; a country we saw as the land of dreams for all who live in it. However, things were not as easy as we had initially expected. Newark, New Jersey became our new home – a city known for its high crime rates and overwhelming drug trade. My parents always believed that one’s environment should never be their excuse for not being successful. “It does not matter where you start, what matters is where you end up.” This was our doctrine. We had to excel academically and we had to attain our goals and ambitions. We had to stay true to the doctrine.
I am currently enrolled at Montclair State University as a rising Junior majoring in the sector for which I have a passion: Business Administration, with a double concentration in Finance and Management. For as long as I can remember, I was always drawn to solving problems analytically and making decisions. I have always been community-minded and recognize that many are unaware about how finance impacts them on a local and global scale. For that reason, my peers and I wish to start an Entrepreneurial Investment Club on campus to help provide Montclair students the tools to make more sound investment plans and potentially attract more people to Finance studies.