Born in La Pointe, Haiti on September 24, 1983, I am the third child in a family of seven. Since my father was living in the United States, my mother took the sole responsibility of taking care of us. In June 1997, my father finally had the chance to get us so that we could all live with him in New Jersey as a family. This is where I studied high school. At that time, I had little knowledge of the English language. It was fortunate that my parents placed me in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class so that I would have less difficulty trying to understand what the teachers were saying at school, and have better communication skills so that I can interact with my classmates. With the help of my ESL teacher, I quickly learned how to read and speak in English. I made good progress, which allowed me to be placed in the regular English classes by the time I was in my sophomore year. During my junior and senior years, I would always find myself dreaming about college, but this dream was suddenly thrown away when my dad suffered from a stroke.