As the youngest in my family, I have learned from both my parents and sibling. My favorite stories — and my biggest inspirations — come from my parents, who grew up in Colombia and migrated to the United States in hopes of building a better life for our family. We’ve faced many obstacles over the years, but through it all, my father would say “Vero — find yourself a strong, respectable profession.” He did not have the opportunity to do so himself. Though my experiences have shaped me into the strong, independent, first-generation college student I am, my parent’s experiences have shaped my professional goals.
I am a sophomore at Montclair State University majoring in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services. I have great desire to assist underprivileged kids and make a significant impact on families like my own. I want to ensure that they have the greatest possibilities without fear that their psychological, social, and environmental factors impede their growth. My passion of working in a pediatric setting as an Occupational Therapist or Counselor will help me succeed in reaching the goals I have set for my professional career.
ANY workshops allow me to become familiar with other Fellows and their goals, which encourages us to work and support one another as a team. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” This is the ultimate goal I have for our ANY family.