Speaking Engagements

TP4U Editor Nov 02, 2018 288 Views   0 Comments
Please allow me to introduce myself as a freshman at St. Mark's school of Texas. 

Never has our country been more divided than on the issue of immigration. The debate over construction of a wall to secure the border with Mexico tops the headlines. The border passes through mountains, hills, desert, plains, rivers, canals, sand dunes, cities, and oceans. Every day, US Border Patrol agents risk their lives to serve us, spending their days in isolation, treacherous terrain, and extreme weather. This photography project chronicles the fence, the culture, and the people as I encountered them while on an eleven-day journey with my family along most of the 1,900 miles of the US-Mexican land border. Agents were kind to share their views on border security and the everyday challenges they face. Residents provided insight into their daily routines and their perspective on the border. As they shared inspiring and heartbreaking stories, I got a sense of the drug situation firsthand, hearing it from the people whose lives have been affected the most. As I listened, the impact the border has on citizens, residents, immigrants, and federal agents began to unfold.

In December of 2017, I explored the border between North and South Korea with my dad and visited the DMZ, the Joint Security Area, the tunnel that North Korea dug to invade the South, and had a first hand view of the areas hit by the Korean War near the DMZ. The North Korean settlements just across the border gave me a sense of North Korean culture and people. The DMZ train and my discussions with the South Korean people led me to believe that peace is what's most important to Korean people.

Summer of 2018, Ashna and I traveled the borders of Israel with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Gaza. Amazing stories were told by residents of West Bank and Israel. To see the rockets fired by Gaza militants was nerve wracking. The humanitarian crisis along the borders seemed overwhelming.  Hatred and tension between some Israeli and Palestines could be felt during Hebron visit.
Summer of 2018, Ashna and I traveled the borders of Israel with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Gaza. Amazing stories were told by residents of West Bank and Israel. To see the rockets fired by Gaza militants was nerve wracking. The humanitarian crisis along the borders seemed overwhelming.  Hatred and tension between some Israeli and Palestines could be felt during Hebron visit.

I reside in Dallas with my parents, younger sister (Ashna), and dog (Ricky). I love reading, traveling, meeting new people, playing ping pong with my sister, and competing in local tennis tournaments. Science is my favorite subject and I am intrigued by dominance and recessiveness in genetics. I love photography and have a collection of over 8000 photos shot along the various borders I've visited, thanks to the mentoring and assistance from my parents and sister, respectively. These days, I have been actively engaged in public speaking at parks, cafe's, teen leadership programs, doctor offices, etc., educating citizens on how our border looks and taking questions surrounding this topic of national interest. I would love the opportunity to meet your staff and present my work. Some of my work is on the sites below and past/future speaking engagements attached in word document along with some of my sample speech. Looking forward to your response and thanks in advance. 

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