I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. Growing up for me was very difficult. I did not have the support I needed to be successful. Having watched my parents struggle to support my sister and I, I made a promise to myself that I would do the best I can to live up to my full potential. After not living up to my promise and skating along in my first 3 years of high school at Wagner, I decided to make a change. I transferred to Concord High school after being told I was not going to graduate on time. It was there that I made the commitment to better myself and make a difference in others peoples life.
When I was introduced to Generation Citizen, I knew this was my chance to show everyone around me what I could accomplish. I was chosen to represent my school at Civics day, where we won 1st place for our project. Generation Citizen changed my life. It showed me that no matter how big or little, I could make a difference in my community and if I try hard enough- the world. Generation Citizen proved to me that hard work and dedication will pay off. The challenges and negativity I faced in my life gave me the drive and determination to be a successful person.
I was able to not only graduate from Concord High school on time, but I did so on honors roll. I received academic awards in almost all my classes. I was also one of the recipients of the Staten Island P.T.A scholarship, which has helped me get into Brookdale community college in Lincroft, New jersey. It is here that I will start a new chapter of my life, where I will be pursuing a career in the medical field. I hope one day in my future I can work with Generation Citizen again. I would love the opportunity to help others achieve their dreams, no matter what they may be – and show people that they can truly live up to their greatest potential, no matter what obstacles stand in their way.