“Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret,” is a quote that reflects the importance of investing in tomorrow. I was born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents who never thought that education would dictate their future. Neither of my parents studied beyond high school, a decision that they have come to regret. They now instill their beliefs of a valuable education in all three of their children, often pushing my siblings and myself to settle for nothing but the best.My parents have learned from their mistakes and now help me prevent the big falls, leaving only the occasional stumble, molding me into the individual I am today.
My recent internship at JP Morgan Chase in the Corporate and Investment Banking division has exposed me to the culture, regulations, and multi-disciplinary nature of the financial industry. The decisions that are made by these professionals truly provide support to the individual, to the community, and to the development of a society. By majoring in finance at Baruch College, I will gain an understanding of how to allocate resources and provide advice.
I am privileged to call myself a 2014 New York Fellow, and the opportunities that stand before me through this fellowship will pave the way towards my future. I will pursue my dreams with the new knowledge, experience, and connections I develop through this program so that I, too, can give back one day. The purpose of learning is to one day teach someone else, so I hope to one day become an America Needs You Mentor Coach, helping to unlock the potential within under resourced communities.