In 2006, I came to America from a very poor family in Ethiopia; I came to America to live the American dream. During my childhood, I couldn’t attend college in Ethiopia and I wanted to attend CCA to change my life and help my two daughters and my community. Education is my primary goal because none of my family members ever pursued higher education. As a political science student and a future lawyer, I plan to change policies to improve the lives of refugees and stand for oppressed people in the world. I am an active leader in my community and I organize seminars to ensure that future generations of children learn the importance of education, their potential contributions to their community, and the dangers of drugs. I also serve as a member of the board of directors for the non-profit Oromo Community of Colorado, made up of people from that region of Ethiopia. I also help with translation and interpretation for community members and help new refugees settle and adjust to their new environment. Through these activities, I strive to become an amazing role model for my two daughters and the community.