Maria

Maria

I come from a strong Dominican background, which has always encouraged my older brother and me to overcome challenges and face adversity.  My past experiences have motivated me to take on leadership roles that allow me to be an inspiration to those who seek change, council those who need direction, and help those who cannot help themselves.  I use my personal experiences and advice from those around me to make the best decisions possible for everyone involved. I believe this is an essential part of being a leader, and it’s something I constantly work on improving.

In high school, I was the student body president, class president, a peer mentor, a youth Amerigroup, and a Sunday school teacher, which has prepared me for opportunities such as this one. My involvement in leadership roles has helped me develop skills such as effective communication, time management, interpersonal skills, and entrepreneurship.  As a Fellow with America Needs You, I hope to continue improving these skills and gain others that will improve my professionalism.

I am currently attending City College of New York as an applied mathematics major under the pre-med program, and as a sophomore, I am proud to be the treasurer of the Dominican Student Association. I want to become a doctor, specifically a pediatrician, because of the potential leadership opportunities within the community, which will allow me to give back and help others.

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