Meet Junior Achievement of New York alumna, Hina Aqil. Hina graduated from Park West High School and attended Babson College with a major in Finance and Management Information Systems. Now, Hina works for Goldman Sachs in London as part of their change organization.
Q: Which JA New York programs did you participate in?
A: My first program in JA that I participated in was JA Economics during my 11th grade in high school. After that, I attended a JA ambassador weekend retreat, where we learned about college application preparation and critical skills for succeeding in college.
Q: Tell us about your favorite memory or experience with JA New York:
A: There are so many found memories, but few that stand out are:
-JA New York staff members going out of their way to help me with my college applications essays and help me apply for scholarships
-When I led a team of volunteers, it was always exhilarating to see students being excited when we were in the classroom and they had an opportunity to share what they wanted to be when they grow up, exchange ideas with us about their career choices, and they were interested to hear about our college experience. The most asked question was how much money we make!
Q: What are your extracurricular activities or hobbies?
A: I love to read and travel. The world is a very beautiful place, and as I explore new cities, cultures, and languages, it makes me appreciate what I have and take the opportunity to share my knowledge and culture as I interact with people along my journey.
Books open a new door for me! I love to read all genres because they give me different perspectives and an opportunity to see different points of view and to constantly think and evolve.
Q: Do you feel JA New York has helped you prepare for college and beyond? If so, how?
A: Absolutely! JA supported me by providing an overview of the college application process and critical skills for succeeding in college. Plus, they went above and beyond in helping me with my college applications and essays.
Q: Do you have any tips for rising college freshmen?
A: College will be one of the best experiences of your life. Time management and self-discipline are critical skills for succeeding in your first year. Make sure you also take the opportunity outside of your classwork and homework to explore the new town/city you are in and network with your classmates, as some of those friendship will last a lifetime.
Q: Why do you want to stay involved with Junior Achievement of New York?
A: I met great mentors who provided guidance and support as I was getting ready to go to college. Since then, I have been inspired by their dedication as they went out of their way to help. I want to pay it forward and follow a similar path. Guidance and mentorship is priceless at any point in our lives.