I’m Ronaysi Gomez. I’m 19 years old and I was born on april 10,1999. Something important about me is that I don’t like talking about myself to others; I’d rather listen. I was born in the Dominican Republic. I came to the United States with my father, my big brother and my little brother. At that time my little brother was 6 and I was 10. One of the reasons that I came to the United States was for a better future, because in the Dominican Republic, the schools are O.K., but it’s harder to get a good degree of education to earn enough money. You can only get a good job if you are close to someone who has money.
n school, my favorite subject used to be math, but I’ve already gotten all of my math credits so I don’t have that class any more. I’m interested in going to the military, but before I go to the military I want to have a backup plan with a foundation in nursing. Outside of school I belong to a community center that helps interact with children and youths with special needs. I help with homework, and socialize with them. I like it, because I get to know how they are feeling and understand why they do some things.
I also belong to a group called the Explorers, which is connected to the NYPD. We go into the community and do ceremonies like Color Guard, and help with award ceremonies. That helps me because I am interested in going into the Army and I think it’s a good way in.
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