My name is Takiyah, I am from New York but will be attending Elon University in North Carolina in the Fall. I come from a family of five brothers and sisters and I will be the first to attend college away from home or show any interest in Physics. Throughout my high school career I have been deeply involved with my local YMCA. This summer I will be traveling to Senegal with my Y to combat the issue of youth unemployment. Ultimately, with a degree in physics I hope to travel to another country to study an issue of local importance and make a change.