I have always been the trailblazer of the family. My parents came to America from Malaysia in search for more opportunities. Growing up, my parents never wanted anything more for me than a great education. They gave me absolute freedom over my curriculum, my extracurricular activities, and my life. The only struggle I have had growing up is being challenged by obstacles and not knowing what to do because my parents did not know how to help me. I could be struggling with math at the age of 11 or I could be hesitating between two internships offers. In both situations, my parents support me, but cannot advise me.
And today, I am the proud mathematician of the family as I am in the honors program of the City College of New York. I have definitely grown as an individual, with a new personality and more skills, but my core values have never changed. I will always value my education. I manifest my appreciation for it by constantly challenging myself, training myself to think outside the box, and improvising. Mathematics is, although cliché, the language of the universe. It is not something that can be solved by using experiences or lessons, but rather through acceptance of its complexity, the use of algorithms, and a hint of creativity.
Along with my appreciation for my education, are my various professional endeavors. Particularly, ANY hones my professionalism, challenges my abilities, and motivates me. Because of ANY, I am confident that I can apply my knowledge in math into the finances. More importantly, it continues to help me build my trail of success as a member of my family.