PSL Star Shines in NYC Model City Council Project
Written by Jailene Peralta, Copy Editor
Last month, Public Service and Law Senior Amanda Appoo partook in the prestigious Model City Council Project 2014 College Now course which allowed her to work with other students in the City, as well as CUNY graduates and professors to debate a serious matter at hand.
Every Saturday, she was given tasks that helped her build a speech representing District 45 in Brooklyn against the Tudor policy. The program was a growing experience for her and educated her in a plethora of ways.
Amanda believes that the program was a great experience and really helped her understand what was going on around her. “Before I didn’t know what was going on in my society, but now I got a chance to represent my borough,” said the enlightened student.
She loved learning about real-life situations and applying her newfound skills in a way in which she can help those around her. “Even though you start small, you start somewhere,” said Amanda, an aspiring businesswoman.
Although she does not plan on going into politics, she gained access to vital traits needed for any career. The program helped her acquire confidence as she was shy before. The program pushed her out of her comfort zone and made her do things she never thought she would have done such as debating in front of a lot of people at City Hall. “I was shocked by the fact that so many people think alike when it comes to social problems at hand and how a lot of things that you wouldn’t expect happening are going on.”
Needless to say, she was very proud of herself and would do the program again. “It was a great opportunity and a real life experience that can change and benefit you greatly.”
Public Service and Law director Ms. Kahn also agreed that this was a great experience which installed knowledge in Amanda that will follow for the rest of her life and in her journey to be successful. “As a senior experience, it will put her in the right career path. She gained experience how you should appreciate the democratic society privileges you get by living in a democracy,” said the proud director who talked to Amanda about joining the program. They both agree that this experience was worthwhile.