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Norma Anyakora

What is your motivation to succeed?

My motivation to succeed is definitely my mom. Seeing her struggle as a single mother and somehow always being able to provide me and my siblings with not only our necessities but also our wants motivates me every day. It pushes me to seek more and further pass current obstacles to obtain anything and everything I set my mind to.

 Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

Most people don’t know that as a child I moved around a lot. So much so that they’re always surprised when they find out that I attended five elementary schools.

 What are your long term goals?

My long term goal, career wise, is to be working behind the scenes on a major network television show. Another goal of mine is to move from NYC, preferably to somewhere that’s warm all year round.

 What does EOP/MAP mean to you?

EOP to me means a couple of things. For starters, EOP is proof that children living in high risk areas can go to college and graduate with a degree in the field of their choosing. But most importantly, Purchase EOP to me means family. A family that not only now is a home away from home but also years to come.

 What’s your most invaluable experience at Purchase?

Hands down my most invaluable experience at Purchase has to be being an EOP Peer Mentor. Being entrusted to be a role model for the freshmen class and to guide them at a time in their lives in which they are trying to find themselves, to see them grow as people and create their own views on life has been an extremely rewarding experience.