What is your personal story?
My story began halfway across the world, in a country called Tanzania. I was born and raised in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania for 12 years until my family had the chance to move to the United States in the summer of 2012. Education and opportunity are essential values in my family, and it is the primary driver in most of my decision making. Education was the reason why I went to boarding school in Kenya when I was 11. Opportunity was the reason why my parents decided to leave their home and move halfway across the world. Lastly, education and opportunity are why I am committed to achieving my goals as a proud first-generation college student.
What struggles have made you strong?
Growing up in Tanzania and moving to an unknown country was not easy for my family. Being a first-gen college student means that I have had to navigate the American school system on my own without additional assistance. Being the first in my family to go to college also means that I have carried a lot of expectations on my shoulders to gain success and become a good role model for my siblings. Throughout all of this, I have learned to embrace my background, instead of shying away from it. I have also learned to use my resources and ask for help when I need it. Despite its unique challenges, my background has not been a hindrance, but rather a motivating factor in pursuing my dreams.
How has the Ambassador Program and the GlobalMindED Leadership Program influenced your professional path?
I joined the Ambassador and GlobalMindED Leadership program recently as a senior, but look forward to experiencing the benefits that these programs offer. It has, however, helped me become a better professional. I have realized that every single individual has had different circumstances despite having the same “titles”. Two individuals that are first-generation students or minorities or low-income will have vastly different experiences due to many other socioeconomic factors. I have been more cognizant of learning about different experiences and perspectives. I have also been more careful not to generalize about different populations.
Why would you be the strongest candidate for any job? What is special about you that an employer can’t live without? How will you set a new standard for the job, once hired?
One of the aspects about me that would make me a strong candidate for a job and that employers could not live without is work ethic. I am determined to work hard and be successful because of my background. I feel like I owe it to my family to be successful as to ensure that all their sacrifices are not taken for granted. Another primary strong suit of mine is my strong ability to integrate into a team environment. When working with a new team, I always make sure to learn about my team members on a personal level. This enables me to establish a level of trust while learning about their strengths and weaknesses, both in business and in life. I believe that this is imperative to the culture within any business, and the level of success which results is reliant upon the feeling of being valued and included in the team. Another strong suit of mine that would prove beneficial to my employer is mentorship, whether it be as a mentee or a mentor. I have had many of these relationships while in college and experienced first-hand how mentorship can change the trajectory of someone’s life. As an employee, I would seek out and take advantage of mentorship to help my own career and eventually, be able to help others. I would not be where I am today without mentorship.
What are your biggest passions in life?
One of my biggest passions in life is soccer. I have been playing soccer since I was around 5 years old and it is my primary stress relief. I have not played competitive soccer since high school, but I continue to play whenever I have a chance.
What do you look forward to most in your life after school?
As an Honors Business Marketing major at Texas A & M, I look forward to being able to apply my skill set in an industry that I am passionate about. I have prepared and worked hard throughout my college career in order to reach this point and am excited to see what the next step in my journey is. In the coming years, I would also like to deploy my knowledge and skills to help students who are walking a similar path as I have. I am fortunate enough to have attained mentors who are willing to help guide me towards my goals in life and business. Those mentors have been fundamental throughout my college career, and I look forward to providing the same support for students in the future.