My first dream was to be a performer: I played in bands, acted in a few shows, and even worked as a talent agent. When I turned 30, I knew I wanted to learn more – it was time for me to earn my undergraduate degree. I didn’t want to go just anywhere, and that’s why I enrolled at Columbia University School of General Studies.
My path to college wasn’t a straight line, but I saw an opportunity to help underprivileged kids define their vision for college, and it sparked a passion in me. Through my volunteer work and by organizing events here on campus, I’ve made a real difference in these children’s lives. And as the first in my immediate family to graduate from college – an Ivy League university, no less – I couldn’t be more proud.
Next year, I’ll be back for my second encore when I begin my Master’s in Anthropology and Education at Columbia University Teachers College. With that dual focus, I’ll be able to help shape the academic futures of even more young people.