Hello! My name is Semon A. Makar-Zekry, and I am an eighteen-year-old Coptic Orthodox Christian from Jersey City, New Jersey. However, I was born and raised in Egypt.
I am a high school senior, and in the fall, I will be in Washington D.C., attending Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. I will be studying International Affairs and Economics and will minor in Mandarin or Journalism on an Accelerated Master’s Degree. For years, I wished that the society I grew up worshiping and following its customs — would care about women’s initiatives, peacemaking, and interfaith education. Nevertheless, I was too naive to accept the truth; I believed and I still believe that I can paint the world in vibrant colors when dull colors are only offered. Those around me saw my passion and eagerness to help out our struggling world. For all of these reasons, I hope to become a diplomat. I visualize myself in the United Nations General Assembly, Congress, fighting the good fight, chasing my ambitions and defying the odds. I hope this ToU internship at the United Nations will feed my hungry and curious mind with knowledge and growth as I continue to understand this big world I dwell inside.