Diversifying the community and enabling you to connect with parts of the world that you have never been to. I recall my first semester here at AUD; I was admitted in spring - uncommon to the regular admission in fall. Nonetheless, I was able to connect with people of similar interests and ventured to find ways in which I can do what I love! In my first year at AUD, my physics professor gave me the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Martin Chalfie at a Nobel laureate event, which was a remarkable and unforgettable experience. In my second and third semesters here, I became the event coordinator of the Women in Engineering Club, the social media coordinator of the Water and Environment Foundation Club and the president of the Harvard College in Asia Program.
I traveled to Harvard to debate healthcare policies in 8 different Asian countries, and with the extraordinary guidance and expansive experience of the external relations office, put forth a plan for a youth resource center in Kenya that we will be constructing as participants in the Clinton Global Initiative University Program. As you progress from one semester to the other, you will learn, make mistakes, and ultimately, get closer to where you want to be, both academically and professionally. You will build your character as you experience events that push you to your limit and revel in an intellectual environment where all your questions can be answered or explored. Therefore, I say it is time for you to now embrace these new halls, take comfort in their unfamiliarity, make them echo the sounds of your tears and laughter, etch on them memories that you will never forget, take what they offer of battles, challenges, wisdom, and knowledge and make them your own. Enter to grow in wisdom and depart to serve the world with heart and passion. But for as long as you are here, make these halls your home and, proudly, cast your colors upon them for other generations to see, for a painting for the ages!