My Seeds experience had two central lessons: empowerment and cross-cultural understanding. These are messages that I took to heart when I chose to study public and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. I approached my Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan with the same open-minded attitude I took away from Camp, and my experiences at Seeds of Peace continue to inform my everyday approach to my work, life, and outlook.
How have you impacted your community?
At the National Democratic Institute (NDI), I work on political party building and civil society strengthening in Egypt. I have managed an international observation mission of Egypt’s 2011-2012 parliamentary elections and administered programs training new political parties in fundamental campaign skills.
The same youth that Seeds of Peace aims to empower are the ones who have led the rapid changes in Egypt over the past year, and at NDI I am helping these young people realize the goal of a transparent, democratic society that they have been working toward.
• BA, Princeton University, 2010
• 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellow
• Program Assistant, Egypt Team, National Democratic Institute