Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rio Staff Share Thoughts on Citizenship

In celebration of U.S. Constitution Week, we asked a few of our students and employees about citizenship, and what it means to them to be an American. Here’s what they had to say.

Falma Kurti
Office of International Education

One of the proudest moments of my life is the day I became a U.S. citizen.

To me, what it means to be an American is not as much about who I am, but more about what I am about – from how I choose to live my life to how I contribute to this nation and how I raise my children.

I tell them how lucky they are to have been born in the land of infinite opportunities, to have the freedoms they have, and how they should never take it for granted.

What other country gives you the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I have the privilege to call myself American and have these rights. I can vote and know that my vote actually matters. I am blessed to be part of this great nation.