The American dream is a lifelong goal that many people strive for. Mine began two years ago. Even though I experienced culture shock when I arrived to the United States, I still saw in myself a young man full of potential and ready to learn. My faith in God has always been great. I deem it a great privilege to be a Kathryn Davis Scholar. I am equally thankful to Westchester Community College for the opportunities. This journey has made me very interested in volunteering and this experience has helped build my self-confidence through interactions with people. As my grandmother always said, “chew bones now and enjoy the meat later”, which simply means endure in hard times, for success is near. If the goal is hard, do it the hard way. There is nothing we can’t achieve with hard work and perseverance. I want to make the American dream a reality.