Had the pleasure to meet with the 42nd Vice President of the United States, Walter F. Mondale. Interesting discussion on trade, American politics, and the importance of public service!
With a group of other fellows at the Zahn Innovation Center. What an amazing experience to learn about their work progress and success. Grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a collegial team, where I was constantly pushed to do better.
With the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell and some fantastic friends on a fine day at The City College of New York. What a pleasure to meet in person for several times such an important public servant.
Working for Congressman Rangel has been quite a journey, where I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn from my colleagues and serve the community.
The Take is a political commentary show on WCCR: City College Radio 590 AM. The show provides a place for respectful discourse and debate for City College students – especially politically active students – and give them an outlet to articulate their positions. On February 25, 2014, I was invited to speak at The Take about Black History month– specifically to talk about the contributions that were made from City College alumni to advance the civil rights movement. The discussion ranged from Supreme Court decisions to the current racism that is still evident in the political sphere. To hear the complete conversation, please click here.
The City College of New York held a group interview with the Afghani television journalist Parwiz Shamal of Tolo News on January 30, 2014. Mr. Shamal was on a two-week visit to the United States to produce a series of reports on diversity in America. His visit was supported by a U.S State Department grant. Eleven students were selected from City College to be part of the group interview. I was one of them. Here is a photo from the event.
The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to serve on the United States Supreme Court, participated in a conversation about her memoir, “My Beloved World” in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, on The City College of New York campus. I was one of eight students selected to ask questions to her. Here is a photo of me along with two other students who asked questions. Watch the entire lecture here. To hear my question, go to 1:29:00. Enjoy it!
Since I enrolled at The City College of New York, I joined the Mock Trial Team. The mission of the team is to prepare students interested in law for performance in the courtroom. As an attorney in the team, I studied a hypothetical case, composed an opening statement and wrote questions for witnesses, while practicing courtroom decorum. In addition, for the academic year of 2013-2014, I was elected as Treasurer of the team, where I am in charge of maintaining accurate records of the funds. Here is a photo of me along with some other team members. The photo was taken on February 2013 at Massachusetts State House, where we were representing The City College of New York at the Regional Mock Trial Tournament.
I was able to complete my high school education in the United States. Although I only completed my senior year in the US, Fort Hamilton High School provided me with a warm environment where I was able to thrive academically and socially. I participated in various events, where I was able to socialize with great friends. Here is a photo of me along with a group of Albanian friends prior to our traditional dance for the school. To see a video of professional Albanian traditional dance, click here.
I have always been concerned with the sustainable development in the communities that I resided. In Peshkopi, the city I was born in Albania, sustainability became a key issue as public green spaces were being neglected as new construction was going on in the areas. Along with a group of students and friends, I took on a community project to fix the benches of the city’s public parks. Here is a photo of me in action.