Pursuing a Dream of Helping Others

Learn more about Ioanna Papas.
Ioanna Papas
Director, Communications
George W. Bush Institute

Shabiha Nymphi is one of 50 immigrants who will be naturalized at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on March 18.

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.