First time I met the President during a private meeting at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be interning in DC during such an exciting summer. Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting Armenia’s newly elected president, Armenian Sarkissian, during two special occasions. The first time was during a private meeting with all the Armenian Assembly interns during which he shared his vision of a new Armenia. ‘A country where, Armenians from all over the globe could come to their motherland and run for office or join the military, a parliamentary system where women have a stronger voice, and a place where we can all call “home.”’ My eyes filled with tears as I heard the president of Armenia say this. As a professor, scholar, physicist, scientist, I cannot imagine anyone more fit to be the president of our country for the next seven years. I am confident that if he continues to inspire Armenians as he inspired me, the world will see a new Armenia.

For the past 19 years, I have been touched and inspired by many Armenians who have dedicated themselves to our church and our community, and one day I’d like to do the same. I’m convinced that helping others is in our blood.

My dream right now is to go to law school and practice law on an international scale to be an advocate for human rights issues domestically and internationally, starting with the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

I’m hoping that one day I can make the world a better place for my kids and my grandchildren, just as my parents, grandparents and all the Armenians in my community have done for me.

Helping others is in our Armenian blood, and I’m thankful for my family and friends for teaching me that.

Armenian Assembly of America interns with the President and First Lady at Jefferson Hotel.

Me and other Armenian assembly interns, in front of the US Capitol.

At the Armenian Embassy.

Standing in front of the newly displayed statue at the Armenian Embassy honoring Armen Garo, the first Ambassador to Armenia.

At Smithsonian Folklife Festival which is featuring Armenia from June 27- July 1 and July 4- July 8, 2018.