“Believe in your dreams, despite the circumstances and what others have to say.” My father has always advised me to have trust in myself and taught me how to build my aspirations. Being a first-generation college student makes him very proud. Both of my parents were not afforded the luxury of an education. For this reason, their main goal is to give their children the opportunity they did not have. I recently moved to America a year ago, bidding farewell to my parents in my homeland Guyana. Not having my parents by my side forced me to challenge myself to be bold and independent.
I am currently a rising sophomore at York College with aspirations of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. I am a present member of the National Society of Leadership at my college and now I am proud to say that I am a member of the 2014 New York Fellows Program. I later plan to pursue my medical degree in pediatrics because of my love for children. My previous work experience includes counseling children who had difficulty learning because of mental disabilities. I also volunteered to assist teaching and counseling children in an after school program who did not have the opportunities and support from relatives at home. I currently work with the Child Care Centre of New York, where I am a youth worker and am responsible for supervising first graders throughout the summer program.
I believe that one’s aspirations cannot be achieved easily, but will be successful with determination and hard work. The New York Fellows Program provides an opportunity for strong-minded, courageous students to achieve their career goals and gain a deeper understanding of their future careers. With the help of this program, I believe that I will be successful.