Although I was born in the United States, I was raised in my mother’s native country, Ecuador. I was only ten years old when I arrived in New York in 2006. I was unfamiliar with the language and culture, so I was placed in an ESL class in the fifth grade. What I remember most is getting frustrated for not being able to understand what people were saying once I stepped out of my tiny classroom. Soon after, I started to watch American T.V. shows with English subtitles. I jotted down the words I did not understand and would look them up on the dictionary. After a year and two months of studying, I successfully became fluent in English; I discovered the passion I had for foreign languages.
My love for languages led me to choose Spanish as my major and Korean as my minor at Queens College. My biggest dream for the future is to work at the United Nations as an interpreter or translator, or any other institution that allows me to use my language skills in a lucrative career path that gives me economic stability. Through the support I receive through America Needs You, I would like to become the model of a first generation college student who learns and grows professionally. I want to learn how to effectively network, gain confidence, and forge a strong relationship with my Mentor Coach. I’m looking forward to the two years ahead with Fellows and Mentor Coaches.