The friendly atmosphere, great food, and the greatest people: there’s no place better than my home, the St. Louis Metro-East area. Residing in Granite City, IL for my entire life, I appreciate the luck I have had to grow up in this area. With a large metropolitan area being within a half hour away, citizens here have endless opportunities at the tips of our fingers that many do not have. This is one of the many things I love about the Metro-East. Even though we reside outside of St. Louis, we are still able to receive the perks of a big city. Whether it be Cardinal baseball, Ted Drew’s, Forest Park, access to great educational resources, or simply the culture itself, St. Louis has something for everyone. Though I enjoy many aspects of St. Louis, the noise, the traffic, and the general hustle and bustle isn’t quite for me. With a quieter, rural, and family oriented feel, the Metro-East area is where I hope to reside for the rest of my life.
Additionally, I love the Metro-East because it has given my family many opportunities. My father and his family are immigrants from Romania. They were able to make a great life for themselves here due to the welcoming community, the economy, and cost of living. Their success here meant the world to them as they escaped a communist country. I couldn’t be more thankful for how the Metro-East impacted my family’s life. I wouldn’t have the success I have today if it wasn’t for the viability of this area.
As an elementary education major, I plan to educate and give back to the youth of the Metro-East area throughout my career. I am passionate about my career and I truly believe that I can positively influence the lives of others. I also plan to use my minor in Spanish to benefit the lives of the Hispanic population that reside here. I recently had an experience in a school where a student did not know any English, only Spanish. It was a rewarding experience being able to communicate with him and making him feel welcomed. Additionally, I have been involved in various service organizations where I have held leadership positions. I have had the opportunity to organize blood drives, food drives, helping out local businesses, volunteering at animal shelters and many more. One of the particular events that I organized that demonstrates my passion for the people of the Metro-East area is when I brought my service organization together to donate toys, books, personal hygiene items, socks, etc. to the Good Samaritan House of Granite City. The Metro-East area of St. Louis has done so much for me throughout my life by providing me with resources in the city of St. Louis, allowing my family to have a better life, and by being great overall for my future family to live
here; it is the least I can do to help out this area as this area has helped me.