CITYterm - Spring 2005
Hopkins School - 2006
Tufts University - 2010
Brooklyn Law School- 2013 (Juris Doctor)
After finishing my semester at CITYterm, I returned to Hopkins School in New Haven, CT, for my senior year. The culture shock I felt upon my return was much more extreme than I had anticipated it would be. Once the school year began, it did not take long before the college application craze was in full swing. The competition was palpable. I watched my classmates sweat bullets as they awaited their decision letters, yet I felt surprisingly calm. I had become so accustomed to the non-competitive mindset that CITYterm had instilled in me that I refused to allow my college admissions process to overwhelm me as it did my classmates. Instead, I committed myself to finding a school that would foster my personal growth. I ultimately decided on Tufts, and I am so glad that I did. I was met there by so many opportunities for intellectual exploration, just as I had been at CITYterm. Most notably, I spent the first half of my junior year in Cape Town and the second in Paris. Living abroad in two cities that were previously unfamiliar to me, I was presented with many of the same challenges that I faced four years earlier during my semester in Dobbs. While at CITYterm, I made every effort to engage as intimately as I possibly could with New York City, the city I now call “home.” Using the skills I honed at CITYterm, I succeeded in fully immersing myself in the two cities I called “home” during my year abroad. Upon my return to Tufts for my senior year, I felt empowered to embark upon the next chapter of my life.
For the past four years, I have worked as an assistant district attorney. I spent the first three years of my career at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office before I was hired by the District Attorney’s in Manhattan. As a prosecutor, I am faced with new challenges each day. No two cases are alike, so every day is a new and different adventure. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found work that has not ceased to challenge and excite me since I the day I started.
Until recently, I commuted from my home in Brooklyn out to my office on Long Island day in and day out. Regrettably, the commute and the long hours I spent at work each day prevented me from spending much time exploring New York City. Now that I am working in Manhattan, however, I am making up for lost time. In true CITYterm fashion, I challenge myself to explore new areas of the city as often as I can. In the past few months, I have explored areas of the city that I never knew existed on foot, by bike and even by boat.
Over a decade has passed since my CITYterm graduation. In that time, I have completed high school, college and law school. I have gotten married and begun a career. I am proud of these accomplishments, and I look forward to all that life still has in store for me. One of the many important lessons that I learned during CITYterm is that with each new life experience comes personal growth and improvement. Over time, I have continued to explore this lesson further and to test its truth. As I reflect upon the years that have passed since CITYterm, I can see how my experiences have shaped the person I have become.