What do you love about United Way & Emerging Leaders United?
I love the sense of community and the relationships you’re able to build through such a diverse range of activities (networking, volunteering, and professional development). The versatility allows people to be involved when they can and at their own pace. ELU becomes part of your life, not an obligation that you have to fulfill or something you have to fit into your schedule. Connections aren’t forced, they’re made naturally, which is a refreshing thing to be part of.
What excites you most about United Way and Emerging Leaders United?
Living United is the most exciting aspect because we can accomplish so much more for our community when we bring our time and talents together.
What has been your favorite ELU event so far?
Tutoring with Creative Kids in Cockeysville. I got to spend time one-on-one with a 10-year-old boy working on science homework and getting his assignment folder organized. I helped him de-clutter his backpack and finish his homework, and he showed me how to remember the parts of a cell for a science quiz by listening to “The Cell Rap” on YouTube. My time at Creative Kids helped me make a big impact because I was able to give back directly.
When did you first start volunteering?
In high school, I had an opportunity to tutor a young lady whose family fled from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over her hometown and closed all of the local schools. She was four years younger than I was but she had been through so much and was mature beyond her years. I helped her with homework, usually English, Spanish and math. I was in an upper-level Spanish course before I graduated but I was so amazed that she could speak Persian, Urdu, English and was learning Spanish, too. She wasn’t going to let the word “refugee” define her and she certainly wasn’t going to let anything or anyone stop her from learning. I may have helped her out with schoolwork but she taught me a lot about perseverance and developing a strong work ethic at a young age.
Where do you work and what is your role?
I’m the assistant director of recruitment for graduate business programs at Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business.
What is one book you think everyone should read?
The Giver by Lois Lowry.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
90’s movies. “You can’t handle the truth!”
What is your hidden talent?
My ability to recognize random actors in other movies, commercials, etc. I’m a walking IMDB.com.
For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County, Maryland.
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