Cultural Day and New Happenings!

Hi Friends!

While I haven’t done a great job with the up-keeping of my Blog, it is on my list of resolutions for this year, so I will try my best to keep updating!

I’m currently in the wonderful city of Raleigh, NC and am LOVING every second of it! It is a beautiful area with nice weather year round! Coming from Syracuse with temperatures in the mid-20’s and 2 feet of snow to 60 degrees and sunny was quite a treat! Definitely helped cure my mid-winter blues. I’ve been here advancing my medical school goals and staying focused on upcoming interviews and internships for the summer. Special thanks and shout out to my cousin for graciously letting me stay with her for the past few months! 🙂

As some of you may know, I have decided to compete again for the title of Miss New York 2013. It was a culmination of many factors, but mostly through the advancement of my platform, “Cultural Competency: Building Bridges of Understanding.” In the Fall, I was able to establish a program at a local elementary school to bring awareness to younger children about various cultures around the world. We had parents, high school students, teachers, and other members of the community come together to showcase an “Around the World Day” where students were able to rotate between classrooms and experience a different culture. Throughout the day children were taught foreign dances, languages, arts and crafts, and songs among many other things. Although I was busy heading the event and ensuring that everything went as planned, I did have a chance to visit the India classroom and share my talent (Bollywood Dance) and teach a few moves to the ladies (and gents)! I also have a background in French, so I stopped by the country of France and taught a few french phrases as well. And of course, I had to make my famous enchiladas as a dish to pass! Furthermore, everyone was encouraged to dress in traditional clothing from their country. I must say that the event was a great success! I received such positive feedback from the teachers and community that I was asked to visit other local elementary schools in the area. This will be my major undertaking for the next few months and I am excited to return to Syracuse to continue this project.

In other news, today marked the official inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama! I’m looking forward to watching his Inaugural Address tomorrow that will lay out his vision for his second term. Also, tomorrow is MLK Day of Service! I’ll be volunteering in the Raleigh area at the East Durham Children’s Initiative. Their mission is as follows: “Our vision–to help alleviate the impact of poverty in this community and ensure that its children graduate from high school ready for college or a career–guides our work to secure the necessary resources and supports the Zone’s children and youth need to prepare them for academic success and productive futures.” I’m looking forward to meeting with the children and families to help promote their cause.

I encourage everyone to get involved in some way! You can look at a list of opportunities in your area at this website.

Wishing everyone a happy MLK Day of Service!

–Nina

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