Personal Mission, Meaningful Action

by Ariel Reynolds on Dec 11, 2015

in Alumni, Team & Family

KIPP alumna, Shirin Vetry, was recently selected for the KIPP Federal Policy Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. Shirin's application essay shows that her life experiences have cultivated a personal mission that drives her to meaningful action. 

I have always joked that my life is the definition of international relations. With a Bolivian mother and an Iranian father, dinner at home was a fusion of differing foods with conversation rolling in and out of three different languages. Inevitably, our apartment chats became diplomat-like exchanges between the two opposing cultures. Once my father joined the military, this life of international relations expanded to include American foreign policy. International political decisions soon directly influenced my life and subsequently developed into a commitment to understanding and answering the bigger questions facing the American government both internationally and domestically.

Blending both the foreign and domestic, Washington DC is the national and a world capital that inspires growth and change on the daily. If I could spend the summer interning in Washington DC, I would be able to work at the hub of political thought. Indeed, this internship opportunity would be my chance to explore my fields of interest: political science, law, and international relations. Living in the heart of political thought, I would be immersed in my passions.

While my dedication to politics drives my interest in working at nation’s political core, it is my resourcefulness, willingness to live and work outside of my comfort zone, and thoughtfulness that make me a great candidate. Going to boarding school, I was forced to be independent and search for my own opportunities. This resourcefulness was particularly useful when working and volunteering abroad.

Moreover, during my time interning abroad, my ability to push myself outside of my comfort zone enabled me to facilely approach people for interviews, travel to rural areas and spoke with people of all backgrounds, and consistently cold call for interviews and meetings. It is thus clear that there are no boundaries for my resourcefulness or comfort level. If given the chance to work in Washington DC, my passion would motivate me to do impactful work, and my resourcefulness and adaptability would assist me in accomplishing this goal.

In addition to these attributes, the most important aspect of my personality is my cultural awareness. As seen through recent marketing work done as publicity chair of one of my clubs, I have the ability to think outside of the box critically. Furthermore, my international background has forced me to consistently think of the bigger picture and consider the perspective of others when making decisions. That is, in having to maneuver two separate cultures my entire life, I have learned how to work in the context of multiculturalism. Therefore, I am certain that this awareness will help me transform the mission that drives me into meaningful action within one of the world’s political capitals.

For more words of wisdom from our KIPPsters on their paths to D.C., read Josue Coronado’s commitment to giving a Voice to the Voiceless and Thomaia Pamplin’s essay about Leveling the Playing Field in D.C.