Date: February 28, 2014
Venue: Roosevelt High School, Hazel Park MI
Description: Chaldean American Bar Association Representative Salam Elia speaks to students about seizing opportunity on Friday, February 28, 2014. Attorney Ms. Salam Elia addressed over 200 students at Roosevelt High School in Hazel Park. Elia shared words of wisdom and motivation to an eager student body.
Elia discussed her education, career and commitment to helping out at her mother’s restaurant every Sunday after mass.
“The best advice I can give is there is so much opportunity, but you need to pick a passion of yours and focus on getting better at it,” she said.
Many students had questions regarding student loans and grant money available. “I had some scholarship money for school, and my parents helped out when they could, but I took student loans and had two jobs during college. If I can do it, so can you,” she proclaimed.
Students were also curious about which classes to take to become a professional and how to break the language barrier many of them face. Elia advised, “I think a great resource is to read the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It doesn’t matter what career you choose, you can learn so much from these publications.”
Elia ended the hour-long discussion by answering questions, offering her contact information and reminding the students to look to her for advice the way you would an older sister.
Recap and photos by Derek Dickow who serves as the Executive Director for the Chaldean American Bar Association. Contact him for more info at email@example.com.