Meet 4 Local Freedom and Citizenship Students Graduating High School This Spring (Some Heading to Columbia!)

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What was your favorite part of the Freedom and Citizenship experience?

My favorite part of the Freedom and Citizenship experience has been being able to get together with other people who are as intellectually curious as I am, because it made all the readings we did from influential philosophers fun. Especially since everyone is invested. The discussions I was able to be part of made me think beyond my own views, making the summer seminar the best and favorite part of my F&C experience.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned during your time at Columbia?

The most important lesson I have learned through my time at Columbia has definitely been to embrace everyone’s perspectives, because we all come from different backgrounds, which influences, most of the time, how we think about certain matters. And respecting everyone’s views is significant. I think this is a skill everyone should have because it provides a positive environment and room for personal growth. Through my time at Columbia, I was able to directly obtain and exercise this skill.

What are your plans after high school graduation? How do you hope to change the world?

After graduating high school I plan on attending Columbia University for my bachelor’s degree.

When I think about my future, I see myself as a medical provider who is giving people, such as the undocumented and people of color in general, the proper medical attention they have been denied and therefore deserve. For that reason, I hope to change the world one day by being directly on the floors of a hospital giving my part, but also through shedding light on the mistreatment issue to potentially create a group of people with the same goal and aspirations to combat this problem.

What are you most excited about for your next steps?

As a first-generation student, I am beyond excited to attend college, and pave the way for the rest of my family. I am unquestionably ready to meet new people, learn, and explore the city of New York, which is where I will be for the next four years.

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