My name is Meskerem Amde Wolle. Most people call me by nicknames like Meskie.
I am passionate about leadership and public service. I received over twenty awards at Harare International School, Harvard University, and nationally for excellence in various fields. I overcame significant obstacles in life that required much determination and strength to overcome. I have spent quite a bit of time helping others, but I want to do much more in the future.
At Harvard, I graduated with a Master of Liberal Arts in international relations. My thesis was titled Saving Lives while Sharing Power: The United States and China in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions. It was 115 pages and consisted of 126 international primary sources. I received the Dean's Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis in International Relations and the Dean's List Academic Achievement Award. Prior to Harvard, I graduated from Cornell University with a degree in urban and regional studies and a minor in law and society and graduated valedictorian from Harare International School with an international baccalaureate diploma (cv and thesis attached below).
I have a strong desire to be a leader and a public servant someday that is deeply engrained in me.
I am most fortunate to have a very loving family who have guided and supported me throughout my life and instilled the importance of contributing to society and succeeding. My family sacrificed a lot for me in particular after we faced significant difficulties, so I always wanted to do something really nice for them. I also come from a long line of Ethiopian leaders including women leaders and want to help uphold that tradition.
I always cherish having grown up in beautiful Zimbabwe in close-knit communities with a culture of helping each other out that was instilled in me at a young age—helping each other was a way of life. Growing up in Southern Africa, I admired many freedom fighters and pan-Africanists that stood against colonial violence and oppression. I saw how necessary and important good leadership is.
I also grew up in a diplomatic community with over 135 nationalities represented and saw first-hand how kids from different religions, ethnicities, and nationalities can come together. This contributed to shaping my world views on the importance of international cooperation. As I moved and lived in other communities and cities with stark and toxic divides, I was hopeful that we could be more united and I wanted to do my part to contribute.
As a young adult, I had a lot of difficulties in life. I was sick for ten years and spent a lot of time experimenting with different medicines and in and out of hospitals. I am thankful to have had the determination and strength to graduate with distinction, intern, and volunteer while sick and to eventually become completley healthy. I am forever grateful for the help I received from other people during those times. The difficult experiences further made me value the power of helping others and receiving help in return and strengthened my desire to become a public servant.
One of my earliest memories of wanting to be a public servant was on a trip to Ethiopia when I was eight years old where I first saw the potential of people and countries to do great things and wanted to help do something great one day as well. I toured the historic sites of the Aksumite and Abyssinian empires and learnt that Ethiopia was the third empire in the world to adopt Christianity, the first empire to accept Muslims without persecution, an empire with long ties to Judaism, the birthplace of coffee, a country with a long history of strong women leaders, the land of some of the first human remains, a country that was strongly routed in family and community ties, and one of the few countries in the world that had never been colonized. Despite this great history, Ethiopia had digressed into a state of poverty, and there was clearly a lot of development work that needed to be done. At the time, I remember wanting to make a significant contribution towards the country’s development and thought being a leader would be a good way to do this.
I still want to be in a leadership position one day where I can make a significant impact not limited to Ethiopia but for people anywhere in the world. It is deeply engrained in me that I have a responsibility to help others. I admire leaders from the local, national, and global level that are great thinkers and beautiful people. I believe good local, national, and global leadership is essential. I believe I have the potential to be a good leader because I am a good person, strong, and intelligent.
As for relaxation, I like to listen to music, walk, drink tea, enjoy different foods, and laugh and talk a lot.
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