Catching up with Ayisha, CMS ‘11 – “I knew after moving back to New York that I wanted to get more involved in my community.”

It’s now been almost three months since we last caught up with Ayisha. While the average recent college graduate might use their first summer out of college to relax and kick back, Ayisha has been hard at work to continue to grow as an individual and get one step closer to reaching her goals. After the first few rounds of interviews at the start of the summer, Ayisha realized that she did not want to give into the pressure of immediately settling for any job with a paycheck. She wanted to make sure that she felt she was doing meaningful work. “I knew after moving back to New York that I wanted to get more involved in my community and give back in any way that I can.”  She decided to be patient and continued to look into different opportunities until she found one that spoke to her.

For the past few weeks, Ayisha has been interning with the Honorable Assemblyman, Harvey Epstein at his district office. “My experience so far has been amazing, the people I work with on a daily basis really care about the community we serve and fulfilling their legislative goals,” she says. She chose this particular opportunity, because she “was eager to get [her] feet wet, gain more experience and exposure to New York politics.”

Ayisha’s responsibilities range from organizing the Assemblyman’s schedule, to editing public memos and writing testimonials. This opportunity is like no other; the connections and relationships that Ayisha is building are invaluable. She finds her role to be “quite energizing and thrilling.”

Interning at Harvey Epstein’s office has not stopped Ayisha from continuing her search for the perfect job. In fact, for the past week, she has been interviewing with a lobbyist firm and a few law firms.

When asked again about her long term and short term goals Ayisha mentioned that she wants to continue to get more involved in local organizations such as the LES Girls Club and hopefully even become a member of her county committee. In true CCC spirit, Ayisha feels called to give back to and be one with her community. She continues to study for the GRE and is considering taking the LSAT. She is, as she says, “keeping her options open.”

Ayisha embodies many of the strong qualities that CCC cultivates in our girls. She is curious, focused, compassionate, and confident. We are so proud of the young woman she is becoming!