Thank You

Thank You

I am honored to be considered a Ford Motor Company Global Scholar. Before this program I had little knowledge about international issues. I came to Washington, D.C. expecting to learn more about my nation and my role as an emerging leader in my country. However, I gained a new understanding about the world through the lecture series I've attended, my programming events at the World Bank, various nonprofits and the United Nations. But most of all I've learned the most from my seventeen classmates who I have had the privilege to call friends and the mentors who have challenged me.


One thing I believe every young person needs in their life is a mentor. Someone who believes in you and not only highlights your strengths, but also helps build upon your weaknesses. I've had the pleasure and the honor of having more than one mentor during my time in Washington D.C. -- Avi Criden, my program advisor and Shelton Williams, my professor at the Washington Center. Both of you have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure I've made this experience worthwhile.


Avi Criden


Avi, I came to Washington D.C. with a narrow view of the world and you have helped stretch my perspectives and challenge me to take hold of my future and start making decisions for myself. I honestly don't know how I could thank you for simply being there for each of us through this experience. You always lent a listening ear and a helpful hand and I know we drove you crazy and at times you probably wanted to rip your hair out. But you have been the confidant, the rock and the voice of reason guiding each of us through the most exciting and challenging time of our lives. Your witty jokes and wise words have kept us motivated and engaged. I know you probably don't realize how much you have inspired many of us, but you have. I am so happy I met you and I hope to never lose touch. Thank you for everything.


Shelton Williams


Shelly, you are probably one of the smartest men I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with. I have never been as challenged as I have been in your 15-week course. You have taught each one of us the necessary skills we need to succeed not only in Model U.N. but in our future careers. I will miss our class discussions ranging from the U.S.-China Conflict to finding our focus in life. One thing that I will take away is your wise words to not let ourselves doubt ourselves and how to make ourselves competitive. I have no doubt that our paths will cross again in this magnificent city of giants.


I am truly grateful to you all. Without the opportunity of being a Global Scholar I would not have met the lifelong friends or the amazing mentors that I have gained from this experience. As the completion of this program nears I reflect on the self-confidence I have gained in my own abilities and my broadened perspective of my role not only within my own nation, but in the global community.


Ford Motor Company Global Scholars


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