I am a rising sophomore attending Baruch College, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Like many other first-generation college students, the path to my future was paved with uncertainty. Throughout my childhood, I witnessed the struggle of my parents to find stability. They, like many other labor workers unfamiliar with English and without the benefit of a proper education, worked very long hours in strenuous jobs, often beginning before sunrise and lasting until after dusk. Due to their sacrifice for our family, my interaction with them had limitations. Not having them around for support was very challenging, but it helped me to gain a very strong sense of independence, one that I believe has served me well. While some people might consider it a drawback, I believe it remains a driving force that pushes me to achieve greater success in my academic and personal pursuits.
Growing up in New York City, I was surrounded by the many successful financial firms and businesses that are headquartered here. The 2008 crisis triggered my initial interest in finance, as I contemplated its cause, and why some businesses survived while others were not as fortunate. This question was not answered until my finance professor in college enlightened me. The reasoning fascinated me and from that moment on, I was certain that my interest in the finance field was a passion I wanted to pursue as a career. Specifically, I am currently focused on pursuing a career in investment banking, which I believe will help provide a broader understanding of the complex world of finance.
My experience in the New York Fellows program has taught me that there are no limitations to one’s career aspirations. One should always dream big and strive for greater things. I know I will apply this to my own career path.