I graduated from MCNDHS in June 2013. I am originally from Senegal. When I first came in to this country, I didn't speak English at all. With the help of the CDI staff and my wonderful teachers at Manhattan Comprehensive, I was able to read, write and communicate well in English within a year. The cultural differences did not really affect me because the school staff was very welcoming and I felt very comfortable even though I had a hard time understanding the teachers at first.
CDI helped (and is still helping) me with both legal and financial matters. Manhattan comprehensive gave me the opportunity to be successful and opened many doors for me as an immigrant. Being at MCNDHS, I realized that I want to help others by extending my hands to the needy. I am working on a program that will help children from poor countries to have access to education.
I am currently attending the SUNY College at Old Westbury where I am majoring in Biology. As a student leader, I work for the residential life as a Resident Assistant where I help residents to have a positive residence hall experience. I am the president of the Old Westbury Environmental Green Club and also a member of the Honors College. I am a full time student and also on the dean's list. I worked as a peer tutor in math for the Educational Opportunity Program. I am planning to attend Medical School after I obtain my bachelor degree.
I am so grateful to be part of Manhattan Comprehensive. MC is part of who I am!