INTA International Affairs | 2nd Year | Northview High School
In what activities are you involved?
Habitat for Humanity
What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
I was a management intern at Aviva Atlanta, which is a store that sells custom clothing design supplies. We sell all sorts of clothing and also design sheets (called vinyls) for printing and pressing designs on clothing. During my experience there, I was fortunate to learn the custom design process and occasionally design clothing for myself, family and friends. I also interned with the American Turkic Business Council in high school, and helped organize networking events such as Business Luncheons, Congressional Talk Series, Business Forums, CEO Speaker Series, and Annual Dinners. Coordinating these events allowed me to grow my networking skills and encouraged me to learn more about the topics discussed, such as business of real estate and construction. Additionally, during high school, I interned at an immigration law office in Houston with Lawyer Kamran Makhdoom. For a month, I interned with Mr. Kamran Makhdoom, an immigration lawyer in Houston, and conducted research on relevant legal articles that would aid in establishing stronger cases. I gathered and organized evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation, while also attending client appointments taking notes for future references. I organized a book drive with the African Library Project, which is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote literacy in Africa and work towards ending poverty. I was given the opportunity to help start a library at Nswaswa Primary School in Malawi, a southeastern country in Africa. I was able to collect nearly 1,500 preschool-middle school level books from individuals in Georgia during the course of 4 months. Fulton County featured our project’s success on their News to Know for the Week of December 9-12, 2019 article.
What do you like best about your major?
I love how INTA just immerses a student into the way the world works, and it provides the tools necessary to a student who is eager to bring change. Most importantly, it shows how intertwined global relations are, and reminds us that each action impacts a nation or more. I really enjoy learning about key foundations that impact our relations among nations and how we can use those foundations in positive ways to make sure nations thrive.
What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech provides so many fascinating career pathways for students in the program. There is a diverse student body who utilizes the advancement in technology and the beauty of academia in the studies of literature, philosophy, and humanities, while also studying at a tier-1 research institute. Advisors and professors are always open to guiding students in the right direction, whether it be for academic or professional reasons. I enjoy being immersed in class discussions that are articulated around different core areas, such as INTA 2040 which combines biases and ethical standpoints of the use of technology and its correlation with international affairs. Classes at IAC introduce students to new ways of perceiving the world around them, while also helping them find solutions for modern issues surrounding the global and local arena. I admire the tight knit community we have at the IAC and how it is possible to have great relationships not only with our fellow class mates, but also our faculty who do their best to guide us to the career pathway we aspire to be a part of. Additionally, our college does an amazing job at not only immersing students in Greater Atlanta area companies and start ups, but it also goes further to make sure we have the chance to obtain international experience by providing study abroad, internship, and exchange program options around the world. Liberal arts at Tech is truly a haven for challenge-seekers who are passionate to make a positive change in the world. Being around students who are diverse and openminded allows each member of our community (including myself) to develop amazing relationships and thoughtful discussions about current topics and much more.
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