While my parents taught English, established Rehab Centers, and supported refugees, my brother and I wandered the majestic halls of the Hermitage, eating borsht and blinis, celebrated Canada Day with poutine and butter tarts, and explored Thailand’s streets and markets on tuk-tuks. However, my life wasn’t just about culinary delights and museum tours; it was marked by tough goodbyes and the struggle to fit in as the perennial ‘new kid’ in town.
When the world retreated into the silence of lockdown, I embraced change again, transferring to the New Mexico Military Institute. Within a year, I advanced from the rank of a Recruit at Training (RAT) to a First Lieutenant, leading over 85 cadets as one of four Executive Officers. My efforts were recognized with induction into the National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa, First in Class, nine JROTC accommodations, and a consistent place on the Superintendent’s List.
Fueled by these experiences, my decision to pursue a Bachelor in Public Policy and Public Service in Criminology at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University was clear. I want to explore the complexities of the human mind to understand its influence on behavior, society, and crime.