I started as an unmotivated person who liked math and anything numbers. I wouldn’t try as hard in other classes, especially English. Eventually, New Haven Promise started to come into my life through my counselors and teachers. Eventually, I got reached out by Jorgeliz Casanova. She helped me get situated with New Haven Promise and I started to see what colleges were realistic and interesting in my senior year of high school. I ended up going to the University of New Haven and got my degree in Mathematics in May 2018.
Fast forward to December 2018, I’m an Office Assistant for New Haven Promise to help them prep for the 2019 Internship Fair. During that time, I got a glimpse into data analytics and visualization from Brett Hoover and Shayne Yang. Even though my job didn’t interact with any of those fields, talking to them planted a seed in my mind about what kind of career I would potentially pursue. I would go on to teach myself Python, SQL and other topics to chase that interest.
Now I’m transitioning in my career from a Media Analyst to a Business Intelligence and Technology Engineer at Barrington Media Group. This wouldn’t have happened if not for New Haven Promise. It’s the first time I have a path ahead of me in my mind.
– Zaamir Ali University of New Haven ’18