Economics and Political Science
Barnard College Class of 2019
With Forté’s network behind her, economics major Ariel Leachman is realizing her American dream. From first-generation student to real estate investment management, Ariel’s connections are powering her career.
With Forté’s network behind her, economics major Ariel Leachman is realizing her American dream.
Her single mom emigrated from Jamaica to build a better life for herself and Ariel in New York. Since then, Ariel has sought out opportunities to create her best future — including getting scholarship support for high school, benefitting from a cultural immersion trip to Europe, and taking pre-college courses at some of her top university picks.
“My mom pushed me to take hold of amazing opportunities in the United States,” Ariel said. “That included taking Saturday classes during elementary school and taking advantage of nonprofit programs that gave me better chances to attend university—because many people in my situation and neighborhood didn’t make it into college.”