I’am a sophomore at Brooklyn College working towards a degree in Biology. My desire for self-improvement and to help the financial status of my family motivates me to set ambitious goals, gain experience, and grow as an individual. With my parents’ encouragement, I have been an active participant in various academic and extracurricular activities. During high school, I was the secretary of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a club that promotes community service in the medical field. Through this venture, I won many awards including the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Barbara James Service Award for completing 500 hours of community service. I graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Honor Society as well as the ARISTA and Spanish Honor Society for two consecutive years. As a rising sophomore in college, I have been searching for opportunities that can help me achieve my goals. I recently joined the Pre-Optometry Club and the C-STEP program. As a C-STEP member, I attend professional workshops and work with fellow members to help and motivate each other to do better. One facet that encouraged me to apply to the New York Fellows Program is the opportunity to engage in career development. As a future optometry student, I hope to learn vital professional skills by interacting with Fellows and Mentor Coaches. By capitalizing on every opportunity available to me, I expect to be better prepared for optometry school. After obtaining my Bachelor of Science degree, I am going to fulfill my dream of becoming an optometrist. I am eager to continue the process of self-improvement and feel that the New York Fellows Program can guide me toward the life of success that I consistently strive to achieve.