14 years ago, my mother opened an account with Wells Fargo. At the time, we were using government assistance and food stamps to guarantee another meal. Back then, I’d be lying if I said my mother and I didn’t have deep-rooted animosity for “banks”. Thirteen long years later, whether it was confident reassurance or strong financial advice along the humiliating and tiring process, I’m grateful for everything Well Fargo’s brick-and-mortar financial services did to help pull my mother and me out of severe poverty. I spent the last few years of my life attempting to help impoverished members of my community avoid the tragedies my family had experienced. After hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of political work, but I was unable to make a significant difference. Even though my city presented me with the Human Rights Award, I felt dishonest being that I felt as if I hadn’t made a tangible difference in my city. My personal aspirations completely altered during senior year of high school after my microeconomics teacher exposed me to the unfamiliar careers in the financial industry. Ever since, the idea metamorphosed into a lifestyle, subtly dictating thoughts and aspirations of mine. I began to develop a deeper respect for financial service and banking.  Back in Somalia, the country was devoid of banking let alone a legitimate government. Though it was unfamiliar territory, I was enthralled by the potential of making a higher impact so early on in my life. Ever since learning about this opportunity, it’s become all I think about. An opportunity this rare–from one of the most influential banks in the world–could help me not only learn more about other potential careers and opportunities from experts and the experienced alike but also possibly assist me in securing a career started with an institution I am staggeringly indebted towards. I won’t pretend to be an expert, though, I am grateful to even be considered for the opportunity to learn more and develop skills that might just help me secure a position where I can help people how Wells Fargo helped my mother and I.

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