Growing up in Burkina Faso taught me never to give up. I am from a very traditional family where the values of humility, determination and solver are greatly emphasized. I remember my father telling me, “If you walk in a place where all doors of opportunity are closed, do not be sad. Instead be happy because you are going to be the first to open the next door of opportunity for yourself and the next generation.” After completing my associate degree at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, I intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

I am an active student leader. I work as a Math Tutor, serve as the president of TRAC (Transfer Review Application Connection), and have been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society. I am also a Kaplan Leadership Scholar.

I would like to major in Biochemistry with a minor in Accounting. I believe that we must pursue the production of quality medicine at lower costs. My goal is to combine traditional African medicine with western technology to optimize patient care for those who cannot afford expensive medicine.

I strongly believe that America Needs You will position me to be visible in my community so that I can inspire young, brilliant and ambitious people to take big steps toward change and success. ANY will guide me in reaching my potential as a leader and my professional goals. No words can say how proud I am to be a 2016 New York Fellow.

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