In 2013, I immigrated to New York from Burkina Faso where the national motto is the “Land of the Upright.” Despite the poverty and lack of access to role models and public education in my hometown, the local ethos defined my childhood. Guided by these values, as well as my parents who served as ministers at a local Catholic church, I came to the United States as an ambitious, charitable, and hard-working young woman hoping to build a strong foundation for future generations of my family.
My experience in Burkina Faso has shaped my educational and professional aspirations. I am a rising sophomore at LaGuardia Community College majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I believe Mechanical Engineering is a cornerstone of national economic development because it uplifts all citizens. I aspire to collaborate with motivated students to better people’s lives in this way. I dream of going back home one day to be a role model who demonstrates the importance of girls’ education, thus encouraging the women in my community to strive beyond the typical elementary-level education for higher learning.
I am honored to be a part of America Needs You. The program will give me the opportunity to meet successful professionals who can support and guide me toward achieving my future goals. It will provide me with tools and networking that I need to grow both personally and professionally.