“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending”
8 paid internships
Countless of interviews
3 full time offers from fortune 500 companies later......
Mama we made it!
Alhamdualliah for an amazing support system. ————————————————————————my personal cheerleader & biggest critic @smileyjumz
I love you with all my heart sis ❤️
I just finished my last exam as a college student. I’m so emotional. First generation students to immigrant parents will understand. For the lot of us, a college education is such a privilege.
I grew up in a Polish family with traditional values and modest beginnings. The pressure weighed heavy on me as the first American-born. I had to figure out a life for myself, understanding that its structure would be inherently different from the Eastern European perspective that had shaped me. To say I struggled, is an extreme understatement. I cannot describe the intensity of how every decision I made from adolescence onward was valued as a crucial step forward for my independant future. Left to figure out much of it on my own, pragmatically and spiritually, I found myself in a constant cycle of anxiety. And goodness knows how crushed I was when I encountered failure. Oh, and then there was the conflict of affordability, of course. That was the hardest of all. To constantly be under threat with the question of “what if I cannot afford myself an opportunity to live a good life?” was near crippling. And yet...here I am.
What a journey. What a whirlind. How often scared and alone I was... but also... I recall how brave I’ve been.
I am a graduate....
I’ve developed a resumé. I have very manageable debt. And, I live in New York City. I used to go for runs alongside the Hudson River in Hoboken, looking out at the city skyline. On those runs, NYC was still a dream. College was a dream. And now, I’m living my dream. I did it, you guys. I really did it.
And here’s a pic of me crying in front of my school.