Pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity from the prestigious NYU Tandon School of Engineering is a great privilege and responsibility for me, both personally and professionally. Being surrounded by the brightest professors in the area, this experience has influenced my whole growth as a person, particularly in terms of technical knowledge and self-esteem.
Living in New York City and studying at NYU has exposed me to a diverse range of people who represent various cultures, beliefs, and values, and getting to know them and exchanging ideas with them has helped me appreciate diversity, find beauty in our differences, and it has been an eye-opening experience on the importance of being yourself, expressing yourself freely, seeing things through the eyes of others, and accepting the views of others.
One of the most inspiring events of this academic year was the Leadership conference in Washington, DC in April. Meeting Mr. Elez Biberaj and Mrs. Buta Biberaj of the Biberaj Foundation, as well as HerExcellency Floreta Luli-Faber, Ambassador of Albania to the United States, and hearing about their journeys, experiences, and advice, was an honor. Invaluable was also Dr. Sam Potolicchio’s coaching on leadership, communication, and negotiation
©️ Kristiana Dhima is a MIP fellow, currently pursuing an MS in Cybersecurity at New York University, New York, NY.