Being born and raised in a third world country, Guyana, has provided me with the passion, strength, and motivation needed to accomplish my goals. Reflecting on the hardships and struggles my mother faced to provide for her only child has impacted me, but in a positive manner. It became my mission to do everything in my power to become a daughter that my mother would be proud of and a woman that could be proud of herself.
Like most young adults, I struggled with the uncertainty of what career path I should pursue. I then decided to dedicate some time to volunteering. In the summer of 2012, I began volunteering at the Long Island Crisis Center and I immediately fell in love with the nonprofit sector. It is no secret that the world would benefit if everyone gave back in some way or another. There are so many adults in need of guidance on how to get their lives back on track, communities that can be beautified by the planting of trees, and children in need of mentors and proper living conditions. After volunteering, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I want to help people. I want people to know that whatever the issue is, there are resources and people out there to help them and life can get better. After doing some research and additional volunteer work, I realized that my passion is in working with adolescents growing up in poverty-stricken areas.
As a 2014 New York Fellow, I plan to take all that I have learned thus far and will learn throughout this program to guide me as I mold my future. As Anne Frank once wrote, “How wonderful is it that nobody need not wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” I plan to start now.