Think globally, act locally. This is the message that Dorchester resident Mirjola Adhami will be bringing to the Global Initiatives Symposium in Taiwan next month. Adhami, 21, will be representing New England at the gathering, an honor bestowed on her by U.S. Sen. John Kerry for her outstanding academic achievements.
Adhami, who was chosen out of thousands of applicants, seems cut out for the job as an international delegate. Born and raised in Albania, she moved to the U.S. at age 13 and has adapted well to American culture. She is fluent in English, Albanian, and Italian. She was the valedictorian of her Boston high school, Another Course to College. Now, Adhami — who lives with her family in the neighborhood’s Polish Triangle section — is entering her senior year at Tufts University with a double major in International Relations and Economics.
The symposium invites delegates from across the world to develop new environmental and cultural strategies, for both emerging and developed nations, that can be used to efficiently manage natural resources.
Her global experience is not limited to her adolescent life abroad and the pages of her textbooks. Adhami has been a student of the world for some time. She taught English in a Tibetan village before arriving at Tufts. She also spent last summer studying in Switzerland. On top of these experiences, this past spring semester found her studying business and economics abroad in Hong Kong.
With such a résumé it is no wonder that she was asked to apply for the symposium. Her accomplishments were noticed by Kerry’s office after she had applied to a peace conference that was to be held in Kentucky. A few months later Adhami was accepted by the Republic of China as a delegate.
The symposium in Taiwan focuses on the problems that emerging countries are facing during stages of rapid industrialization. The delegates will work on three major topics: how to properly manage natural resources; the adoption of green technology by emerging countries; and the cultural diffusion of developing nations into developed ones.
It is the latter that Adhami is most interested in, and based on her background and studies, it is no surprise. “It sounds cliché,” says Adhami on what motivates her, “but I do want to help people.” With her eyes set on law school and her feet in so many doors, she seems destined to do just that.