Growing up I always felt blessed being born from a family who are humble, caring, loving and generous parents that would give a world to their kids and to anyone they happen to know.
Both my parents are born and raised in north part of Ethiopia. My parents got married at a young age and moved to Asmara, Eritrea. They have a total of ten children, three boys and seven girls. I am the youngest of my siblings. My father worked at a coffee factory was owned by Italians later become the owner and my mom has always been house wife. Our socio economical status is considered as the upper middle class family.
After living in Asmara, Eritrea half of their lives; my parents and children were forced to migrate to Ethiopia due to a political discrepancy leaving most of their assets. Likely, over extended period of time they were able to send seven of their children to the United States of America. I am one of seven who is privileged to live and have an opportunity to prosper in the American Dream.
Aside from working and raising their children, both of my parents were known for their act of kindness and generosity to the less fortunate once and those who are neighbors and friends who seek for help. Both my parents were active and very connected in the community which helps them create a good reputation. They have provided money, clothing, shelters, transportations and jobs opportunities for the young and the adults in the area.
My parents brought me to the United States risking everything they have so that I can receive the best quality of education and fulfill my dreams. I came to the United States of America in June 1999 at the age of nine. Not being able to think as far at the age but I knew one thing and that was I have came to the land of opportunity where I can fulfill all of my dreams as long as I put forth my determination, faith, courage towards my goals.
I went through elementary, high school and college in the USA. I got my first degree in Bachelor of Life Science in 2010 from San Jose State University. I decided to continue my Education and graduated with nursing degree from Mt Airy Health Education College in May 2016. I am happy to say that I excelled in my educational endeavors and graduated with honors.
My home is the first place where my motivation manifested. Both my parents has been the building block for me to grow up as responsible, reliable, punctual, cooperative, determined, courageous, compassionate, dedicated, organized, and humble young adult. Growing up I had long and short term goals. My dreams was/is is big, it’s a vision that will alter not only my-life but that will affect my generation and generation to come. First and for most, I knew I have to get an education in field of study that will require in helping others. Secondly, I have the desire and passion to help my community who are less fortunate. My long term goals are to reach out and help those women and children in poverty in my country Ethiopia.
I am the first generation in my family to attend college. Education is very important to me, as is achieving my educational goals. Throughout my younger years and into the present time, I participated in various community services and also received a range of recognition certificates for been involved in the community and from accomplishing an outstanding GPA. I was recognized by California Judicial branch for been top 10% of African American student who graduated from college, received youth leadership certificate, and among other certifications such as CNA certification, RNA license, and HHA certification, life science and nursing has opened up a door of opportunity to volunteer and work for home care residence and facilities, churches, hospitals, homeless shelter for adults and foster care kids, lymphoma and leukemia nonprofit organization,. These experiences became a tremendous stepping-stone for me to continue my education in the medical field.
Today, I have found my ambition, that burning desire and a dream that is much closer to my heart. In July 2008, I went back in my hometown in Ethiopia; I have realized for the first time and opened my eyes to the conditions in which the majority of people live. It saddens me to reveal that there is only one doctor per 37,000 people in Ethiopia. People die every day from AIDS, poverty, drought and curable diseases. This is due to the fact that the people of Ethiopia are poor and can’t afford medical check-ups. As a result, I decided that my short-term goal is to attain a degree in a health care field and my long term-goal is to develop an organization (orphanage/shelter) to reach out those in need so that I can be as helpful to those who are disadvantaged in receiving adequate medical care by any means.
Becoming part of the health field member is my ultimate dream. For me, it is the first step of that ladder of success. In order to change the crisis that my country is facing today, I believe that I have to work on my individual commitment and hope to God that my hard work will result in a better future for the children and the people in my country. It is also an opportunity for me to partially fulfill my dream and help my family who helped me reach my goals. I would like to make a difference while I am still young.
I have the potential, determination and the heart to become an excellent example that could make differences in people’s lives. However, for me to help others, it is important that I work on my personal skills, my goals and my individual commitments. These are the qualities and skills I will gain through my educational and my personal journey to become an outstanding in my profession, my passion and to become a valuable individual to the community. Someday, by grasping the slightest bit of success I intend to form a community that will transform the coming generation.