As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” and this ethos is what has driven me to dedicate my life to public service. I am the son of a Mexican immigrant and since I was 14 years old, I have worked in public service to create a more inclusive community and champion the very change I want to see in my community. I have worked for the mayor of Detroit, worked on several local political campaigns, and helped to improve community relations as a Government Affairs intern for Quicken Loans.
As I begin my college career studying international relations at Lehigh University, I have come to realize that my community goes beyond the city, state, or even country I live in. In the 21st century, we are now more than ever a global community. As former Secretary General said, ““More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together.” I look forward to working for Augustinians International to continue their great work bringing education and giving a voice to those who often do not have a voice for themselves. I hope to learn how NGOs can promote a more equitable and united global community and better understanding how NGOs can promote greater reform within the UN.