Jodiana L — Future Diplomat

Most people call her Jodi, others call her جوديانا or by her recently discovered Chinese name, 灰姑娘 ( Huī gūniáng ). She’s a 17 year-old sophomore at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met Liberty) in Providence, Rhode Island. She loves learning about the world and everything around her and hopes to become a United States Diplomat who later becomes Secretary of State.

Jodiana has set herself some demanding goals in life and her achievements have definitely matched up with her expectations. She epitomises the phrase “above and beyond” to the extreme in her dedication to her projects which has earned her a place in the Goodwall showcase.

Determined to make an impact

Jodiana devotes hours volunteering in her local community. Specifically, she has done a lot of work with the refugee population in Rhode Island. With the goal of helping them integrate with their new surroundings, she teaches English at The Refugee Dream Center. The teaching takes place from both sides as she also uses this as an opportunity to interact with people from different cultures, learning their native languages and traditions. Her tireless work gained her an award from her school at the end of the year.

Her passion for giving back sent her overseas as she went on a cultural exchange project to Wuhan, China. During her time there, she volunteered at the local YMCA as well as taught English.

A community leader

As an aspiring US diplomat, Jodiana has made sure to get an early start en route to her dream position. She was chosen to represent her school and peers in the congressional youth cabinet, as well as being a member of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Strategy Review team where she was able to have an influence on decisions which directly affected students in her area. Naturally, her contributions led her to receiving an award from RIDE itself.

Jodiana has a keen interest in the Middle Eastern culture and it’s history which led her to combining her passion for learning about the world, with her political aspirations as she was accepted on a full scholarship to the YES abroad program in Jordan. This initiative is provided by the state department to only 65 students per year. Sticking to the trend with everything Jodiana works on, she received yet another accolade, this time a certificate of recognition from the state senator. She used the academic year in Jordan to become completely fluent in Arabic and immerse herself in the culture she had studied for so long.

These are only some of the highlights of what Jodiana has been able to achieve while still being in highschool. Her future undoubtedly looks bright as she prepares for her senior year and we’ll be rooting for her success along the way.

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