When I was in eleventh grade, I got to experience places like the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). It’s not short of surprises around every corner. When I moved to America in 2019, I was so surprised to see the various skin tones in my neighborhood and the languages spoken around me. Where I come from, the majority of people are of similar ethnicities and follow the same religion so it was a breath of fresh air to get an opportunity to meet new people and not be treated differently in my new community.
I have recently gotten involved with MetaBronx, an organization that gives young people from underprivileged groups opportunities to learn and develop critical technology and entrepreneurship skills. They stand for inclusivity and human rights for women, LGBTQ+, and people of color to make sure they bridge the educational and business communities. Through an opportunity to work as their Media and Technology Apprentice, I’ve been able to gain a variety of skills like business development, time management, communication, and market research. Working alongside different types of people has taught me the skills of communication even when you have a different opinion from someone else; we meet and exchange ideas with one another in a positive way and this has helped me become more comfortable with public speaking. I admire how organizations like MetaBronx were created to support my community, and make sure that any type of person who is a community member feels welcomed and is met with patience and support.
The skills around working with different types of people are something I admire and have recently learned. But there are still improvements that could be made even in my backyard. Growing up in a state of political crisis inspired me to become a human rights lawyer in the future. For years, I have dreamt of raising my voice for people who don’t have the ability to defend their rights. Although I now live in a safe country, there are still people who face issues of discrimination and harm in my community. Racism and sexism are still prevalent issues in America and I care deeply to ensure no single person is dehumanized based on the color of their skin, their gender, or other identity elements.