“I came to Israel for the first time in 2011 at the end of my freshman year of college. I immediately became enthralled in the country and the society. When I returned home to my University, I became extremely active in the Jewish community there, looking for any and every way to become involved with Israel and return there. For three years, I dreamt of making Aliyah after I graduated and received my degree. Instead of immediately making Aliyah or casting the dream aside and finding a job in the United States, I decided to volunteer through MASA on a program called Israel Government Fellows which places its participants at various Ministries within the Israeli government as a way of living in Israel before making the commitment to become a citizen of the Jewish State. Since August, I have been working as a government fellow in the Ministry of the Economy's Office of the Chief Scientist. I have always known that Aliyah would come with the responsibility of Military service, and have looked forward to serving as a meaningful opportunity to both absorb into Israeli society and provide for the country with which I identify."