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Pursuing a Dream of Helping Others
What does it mean to become an American citizen?
I moved to the United States from Malaysia in 2014, and what truly amazed me about this country is the cultural diversity and welcoming nature of the community. I have seen the excellent practices of moral values and respect for law and order of the citizens. I am currently going to school for my MBA and completing a minor in Health Care Strategy.
There are a lot of opportunities to grow professionally in the United States, and I find people are very cooperative at the work place too. At school I am also able to achieve academic excellence with the guidance of dedicated professors.
What are your plans once you complete your MBA?
I am planning to go into the healthcare industry. I want to give back to the community through my work. I want to be a part of the positive change that make healthcare policies and regulations better and benefit everyone. This country gives me the opportunity to do that. In America, I can pursue my dream of helping people and continue my passion to be a successful American citizen.
Ioanna Papas is a Senior Manager, Editorial for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Before joining the Bush Institute Ioanna worked at Golin and strategically supported her client, Texas Instruments, in making a move from traditional public relations to content marketing with a focus on social media influencers. Prior to joining Golin, she provided support and expertise for a number of clients including Dish Network, UT Southwestern, Sabre Technologies, HOLT CAT, Hillwood and Benefitfocus. In these roles, she assisted in media relations, external campaign development and execution, and provided writing, editing and strategic implementation support.
Ioanna graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in online journalism. After completing multiple internships, one resulting in an article published in the New York Times and winning the Investigative Reporters and Editors student award for investigative reporting, she pursued a journalism career in Beaumont, Texas.Full Bio
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