Five years ago, I came to America from the Gambia to pursue an education. Despite the distance and passage of time, the culture, commitment, and dedication my family has instilled in me continues to inspire me. As a first generation college student, I strive to be a role model to my family.

I currently attend Bronx Community College, majoring in community/school health education, and I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, celebrating academic excellence, leadership, and service. I am also a member of BCC’s Math Club, where I participate in seminars and competitions. Upon completion of my associate’s degree, I will transfer to a four-year school to pursue a career in public health, focusing on epidemiology and infectious diseases.

Growing up in the village of Ngeyen Sanjal, I witnessed people suffer from preventable diseases, and as a result, I hope to research and initiate educational measures that both save lives and improve community health in underserved countries. I strongly believe that prevention and education promote healthy behaviors that will reduce the spread of preventable diseases.  To learn more about public health, I currently intern at North Central Bronx Hospital’s pediatric department, where I assist doctors in in-patient care.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to work with ANY Fellows and Mentor coaches to hone my knowledge of the health care industry. This fellowship will also broaden my understanding of diverse cultures and build the interpersonal skills to achieve my educational, professional, and personal dreams.

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