is 4th from the right in the photo seen here)
Much has transpired since I first came to Washington, D.C. as a regional winner for Florida in the Holland & Knight Holocaust Remembrance Project.
In 1998, I began studying economics and political science at New College of Florida, the Florida state honors college. During this time, I tried to find a path on which to focus my life. I interned at a variety of firms, including a public relations firm as a writer and an environmental consulting firm as a bookkeeper/researcher.
In the fall of 2000, I enrolled in New College’s dual degree program with the University of Glamorgan, in Pontypridd, Wales, U.K. Unfortunately, during my time abroad, I was diagnosed with cancer: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This was one of the most difficult times in my life; I underwent a full year of surgeries, treatments and tests. Luckily, I was given a clean bill of health and have since passed the five-year milestone as a cancer survivor.
While I was ill, I continued to work on my degree and, in 2001, earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Glamorgan (U.K). Once healthy, I traveled back to Sarasota to complete my studies at New College, earning a degree in Public Policy in 2003. Finally, determined to prove that I could make it through a full year of studies in the UK, I enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Wales, in Cardiff, Wales, focusing my studies on international business and global marketing strategy.
My research in EU international business practices with the University won the Jullian Hodge Excellence in International Business Award in 2004. I graduated from the University of Wales in 2005 and have been working with the Department of Defense as a Management Analyst in Washington, D.C. for over a year.
My experience with the Holland & Knight Holocaust Remembrance Project sparked interests that have greatly affected my life, including my decision to move to D.C. And now, as a cancer survivor, I feel that I personally have a new perspective on which to view the hardships that others have endured, making my experience with the Holocaust Remembrance Project that much more meaningful.