One of my greatest strengths is my sense of curiosity, which has driven me in life to learn, explore and go outside my comfort zone. Professionally, it has enabled me at the companies I worked for to effect change, by helping me to see beyond how things work and ask how they can work even better. Personally, it appears in my passion for history and the hundreds of books and articles I’ve devoured. It even led me to live as a monk for 2 months, studying Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple in China.
Another strength is my will to achieve anything I set my mind to. It helped me to overcome my ADHD by developing my own set of tools, rather than taking medicine. It was in my being the first soldier in my class authorized as submarine duty officer; and in campaigning and being elected every year of university to Student Union leadership.
One of my greatest weaknesses, which I am working today to strengthen, is my tendency to think that simply proposing a good idea will be enough to get everyone on board. Experience has taught me that I must invest energy in explaining to my peers and managers why my idea will be beneficial and how it will work.
Finally, there is my drive to improve the world around me. It can be seen in the volunteer program I initiated in 2009, which still exists today, with 30 volunteers annually helping dozens of children-at-risk from immigrant families. It’s in my weekly volunteering at an animal shelter. And it is was in my commitment as VP, Student Union, where I led changes that improved the learning experience of 25,000 students; fought for job security of our campus maintenance workers; and, as Board member, established the university’s first Benefits Club.