I joined the ATLAS Fellows program because the program allows me to unlock my full potential. As a first-generation student, college didn’t look like a possibility due to the massive costs. The massive costs would have created an extreme hardship financially on my family, which is the last thing I would want for them. Another reason why I joined is because of the professional development offered by the program. ATLAS Fellows opens doors to a financial industry that is difficult to access. The opportunity for a freshman year internship in the financial industry is something that no other program offers and has a huge impact on my professional career. ATLAS is a life-changing program that truly creates a difference for me, my family, and my future.