Earlier this spring, AMIGOS joined the Houston Independent Student District’s inaugural Virtual Global Issues Summit. Organized by HISD Abroad, this event brought together students, parents, educators, and more from 22 countries to discuss global issues with a global audience.
Passionate young leaders from HISD gave speeches on related topics, which were rated by spectators and participants.The two students with the highest average score will receive a fully-funded trip abroad when global travel safely resumes, offered by the official HISD Abroad partners, The Puranik Foundation and AMIGOS!
The winner of the AMIGOS volunteer trip abroad is Nusaibah, a junior at Sharpstown International High School, who showcased Houston’s diversity by delivering her speech in Bengali about the Bengali Language Movement. Learn a little more about her here!
Location: Houston, Texas
School: Sharpstown International High School
Favorite book: 1984 by George Orwell
Current binge-watching obsession: Grey’s Anatomy
Who is someone that inspires you?
I look up to my parents, teachers, and friends for inspiration. I have seen my parents pass through a lot of adversity in their life. They both worked hard to get our family here. I look up to their hard work and sacrifice for inspiration. In the future, I aspire to establish myself as such so that I can pay them back for their unconditional love, support, and sacrifice. In addition to that, I feel very fortunate to have supportive teachers by my side who are guiding me to the right path. Lastly, I am proud to say that I have a wonderful group of friends who are intellectuals, and I look up to them for inspiration from time to time.
How did you decide on the topic of your speech for the HISD Global Issues Summit?
The one thing that stood out to me was the fact that we could give our speech in any language. Being fluent in Bengali, I did not want to let go of this opportunity! Also, I was very eager to share this legendary historical event (the Bangla Language Movement of 1952) that took place years ago with everyone. This event symbolizes the love for one’s mother language. Through my speech, I wanted to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity among people.
Why do you want to volunteer abroad?
Traveling is one of the few hobbies that I have, and having the advantage of traveling to a new country with AMIGOS will be a big reward for me.
“I was very eager to share this legendary historical event (the Bangla Language Movement of 1952) that took place years ago with everyone. This event symbolizes the love for one’s mother language. Through my speech, I wanted to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity among people.”
What are your post-high school plans?
I want to attend a four-year college where I am planning to major in Public Health through a Pre-Med track. I also want to travel to places that I’ve have never been to before with my family.
I just want to thank HISD Abroad and AMIGOS for rewarding me with this wonderful opportunity!
Thank you Nusaibah for sharing your experience. We can’t wait to help you travel abroad soon!