Sahendy is the winner of the RSI Scholarship to attend the Vocus Demand Success Conference in Washington, DC. Here is an excerpt of her essay:
Dear Ms. Samora,
“I envision myself working professionally in the field of counterterrorism intelligence, and making a unique contribution to the U.S. security initiatives and diplomacy in the Middle East. In this male dominated field, I know women have to work harder to be taken seriously. I have and continue to fight hard to prove that women rightfully deserve to be treated as equals in this field.
I believe the best contribution I can make to help other women is to serve as a mentor and leader. As an undergraduate student at College of the Holy Cross, I was appointed to serve as a Resident Assistant (RA) for my maturity, leadership, and sense of responsibility to oversee a hall of first-and-second year female students. In this position, I worked with residents to develop and maintain an educational environment conducive to the attainment of academic success, individual growth and the development of community expectations. At Holy Cross, I also served as a Peer Mentor for a summer program designed to acclimate first-year students to the challenging academic life during their first semester in college. During my senior year of college, I was selected by my Italian professor to tutor a second year female student who was struggling with the language. In this position, I contributed to the student’s long-term Italian language proficiency by encouraging cultural development and applying skills learned during my study abroad experience.
For all these reasons, I am interested in utilizing my academic and personal experiences to help inspire other women- especially Latinas- to overcome obstacles and gain the confidence necessary to achieve their goals. I hope to serve with distinction in the field of public service and ultimately, become a mentor for other women in the intelligence community. I also hope my journey can serve as an example of determination and motivation in order to shape the next generation of strong female leaders. “