Name: Nora Alalou
Hometown: Rolling Hills, CA
Company: Citi, Cards Analyst
School: University of Delaware
Hobbies: Reading, movies and filmmaking, team sports, guitar
Social Sector Partner Placement
Placement Organization: StreetSquash
Location: New York City
Organization Title: TBD
I want to be a ServiceCorps Fellow because of a book I read last year called Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz. Deresiewicz accuses the [most] high-achieving students of my generation of being self-centered grade-grubbers with no sense of curiosity or moral courage-mindless SAT robots, or "Excellent Sheep" as his title proclaims. It sounds harsh but unfortunately it might be a little true; however, I would argue that it isn't entirely our fault. In a world where people would accuse you of being crazy for turning down a corporate job in order to try to help our communities, what do you expect us to do but follow the herd? After getting the job offer from Citi, people told me that I had "hit the jackpot." It would have been very difficult for me to turn away from that to strike out on my own. Presented with the choice of being socially responsible or financially responsible, I felt trapped. Being offered the opportunity to apply for ServiceCorps has allowed me to see that it's okay for me to want something different. Too many people feel the pressure to climb the career ladder early and fast and lose out on the experiences that shape a healthy perspective. What I have to offer the world and the lessons in leadership I have to gain from ServiceCorps are worth breaking free of the flock.
Nora Alalou is a member of the University of Delaware Class of 2017. She is pursuing an honors degree in History with a concentration in American History and a minor in Computer Science. At Delaware, Nora works as a Blue Hen Ambassador giving tours to prospective students and for the IT Department as a computing consultant. During her time in school, she has enjoyed studying abroad in Greece, doing community service with her professional sorority, and spending a winter session at the National Museum of American History. For her undergraduate thesis, she is researching the life of a pioneering female landscape architect who helped design the University of Delaware campus in the early 20th century.
After her year with ServiceCorps, Nora will return to Citi as a Cards Analyst in their Wilmington, Delaware office.