What inspired you to work in this field? As a Latina born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Puerto Rico, I feel like I was never fully aware of all the opportunities available for my professional and personal growth. I can say my main inspiration has been being able to share the opportunities with potential candidates of higher education and connecting them with schools, influencers in the industry, and organizations eager to help them maximize their potential.
What are the challenges you've faced? I will say Spanish being my first language was more of a personal challenge. I believe it mentally prevented me from pursuing a master’s degree sooner in life or even pursuing higher paying or higher level jobs. I assumed that was a barrier that would not allow me to move forward. Once I realized it was all in my head and being bilingual was a value more than a roadblock, it really helped my professional and personal confidence.
What do you hope to achieve in the future? My goal is to inspire other Afro-Latinas like myself. Whether that is to grow in their business, inspire them to maximize their education, or become an inspiration for others to follow. My biggest goal to achieve is for my children and family to be proud of my contribution to society and of leaving a footprint for others. I also would like to maximize my education, so my children, nieces, and nephews know that the sky is the limit.
If you can give 1 or 2 pieces of advice to our prospective international students, what would it be? I would suggest for them to surround themselves with like-minded individuals. Our paths are never the same but their stories might have some similarities and can bring you support. I would also advise them to be confident about all the things they have to bring to the table. Also, maintain your focus on the goal and everything else will fall into place.