My family and I came from a humble background as we immigrated to the United States in 2008. Born and raised in Hong Kong, China, I have always looked up to my parents for their drive and dedication. My parents left their friends and family to come to a new country in order to give my sister and I more opportunities for our education and careers.
Their sacrifice drives me to maximize my potential in both academics and sports. It was in basketball that helped me put my hard work and dedication into practice. As an immigrant, I was always told to give up sports and focus on academics because of extremely high expectations to build a good career. But I couldn’t give up basketball. Eventually, I was able to compete at a high level and maintain a balanced between school, sports, and work. Now as a member of Baruch College’s Dean Scholars Program, I’m able to surround myself with other ambitious and dedicated students who want to maximize their potential as much as I do.
I am very excited to be a part of the 2015 New York Fellows. It is a true challenge being a first-generation college student, and even harder when both my parents are not available to provide me with career guidance. I look forward to seeing the growth of myself and the members of the 2015 class. In time, I hope to say that I was not just a Fellow in the program, also a leader and contributor to this program and society.