Coming to the United States was my most significant and difficult dream to accomplish. Born and raised in Brazil, I came to this country when I was 18 years old to have a better opportunity in life. It was a difficult transition, as I am family-oriented and treasure my family.

My parents taught me that our family must be the most important thing in our lives, and we have to always be there for one another. They are the kind of parents that have been always been present, and even though they worked long hours to raise my brother and me, they always made time to give us the attention we needed. Leaving them behind was the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was just the beginning of my challenges – a new country, new rules, a new language, and no family to support me. It all seemed impossible, but I love challenges.

Currently I attend Union County College and I am pursing a major in Chemistry. My goal upon graduation is to become a physical therapist. I enjoy meeting and interacting with people, but mostly I am passionate in helping others to overcome their injuries and struggles. For me, as a physical therapist I will have the opportunity to help, love, and transform every look of sadness into hope.

I’m confident ANY will strengthen my skills and offer me an enormous opportunity to succeed professionally. I’m honored to be part of the 2016 New Jersey Fellow Class!

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