I am officially a graduate of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
About eight years ago, my parents decided to move to the U.S. in order to assure better educational opportunities for me. My parents come from different walks of life, although they faced similar challenges growing up. Both their parents were illiterate and underprivileged. Hence, they did not have the necessary support for pursuing education. Despite the challenges, they strove to achieve success through education. I believe this is what shaped my attitude towards my own education.
At a young age, I internalized the importance of being an educated woman. Living in a third world country where educational opportunities are scarce, where most female students do not receive as much encouragement as male students, and where educating women is not a top priority made me realize that my parents gave me an opportunity that many are not given.As a result of this, I view the opportunity to receive an education as a blessing and a privilege.
The journey to get here has not been easy, but it has been tremendously rewarding and I could not have done without the support of so many. First and foremost, I am grateful to God for his guidance and for always hearing my prayers. I would like to thank the communities, family members, friends, mentors and advisors that have supported and encouraged me through my various endeavors, as well as the companies and scholarship donors that have invested in my education.
Most importantly, I want to express my gratitude to my immigrant parents who have taught me the value of sacrifice, a value that I hold so near and dear to my heart. Ema and Aba, thank you for giving up your home, your family, your friends, your careers and your livelihoods so I can have a shot at the American Dream.