My name is Atif. I am from a Pakistani family that emigrated four years ago. When I came to this country I was afraid I wouldn't fit in, that I wasn't going to make friends and would become very unsocial. That's exactly what happened, and for two years I was known as the boy who sat in the corner reading a book or eating a sandwich. It wasn't until high school that I got the courage to join a club and attempt to be a more social person. I decided to join the Key Club. It was a strange feeling because as soon as I stepped into that room I felt comfortable. I made a lot of friends there and got really involved. Next year I had the courage to actually run for club president and I was elected. I felt a lot better about my life after joining Key Club. Along with Key Club, I decided to join the photography program. This was another great chapter in my life. I did a portfolio on New York City taxi drivers, which, after being entered in the Scholastic Art Awards, won the national Number One portfolio. I enjoyed photography a lot and realized that it was what I wanted to do as a career. I am now attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and majoring in photography. I am very clear about my plans and goals for the future and hope to succeed in whatever I pursue.