Sukhleen Bal, Arizona State University

During her childhood, Sukhleen Bal had the unique experience of leaving her family in the U.S. to enroll in elementary school in India. She considered this a cultural journey. Not only did Sukhleen receive her elementary education in India, but she also connected with her heritage through experiencing first-hand the people and culture. Sukhleen discovered that India upholds distinct rules and traditions. Although not required, it was typical in India for Sukhleen’s hair to be styled in a traditional way to align with cultural norms. In addition, Sukhleen witnessed more extreme ways in which women are discriminated against in Indian society. In India, women are traditionally not allowed to work or advocate for themselves. Even though Sukhleen fully embraces her diverse cultural background, she became passionate after this experience in regards to social justice and women’s rights.

Through her experiences in India, Sukhleen has a global perspective when it comes to her education. Post high school, Sukhleen enrolled at Arizona State University (ASU) to study Global Business Management. Funding her education was a concern until she received an email from ASU’s staff recommending Education at Work (EAW) as an on-campus opportunity to gain work skills and earn tuition assistance (TA). Through EAW’s TA program, along with assistance from scholarships and financial aid, Sukhleen is currently debt-free as she prepares to enter her junior year.

Sukhleen’s starting role at EAW was a Customer Email Support Rep for an online payments processing client. She quickly worked her way up to Workforce Analyst. Sukhleen’s ultimate career goal is one she is passionate about; defending the rights of those who can’t speak for themselves. In order to make this dream a reality, she plans to eventually earn a JD from a top law school.

During her tenure with EAW, Sukhleen has gained valuable work experience that will translate to her law career, such as how to work under pressure and communicate effectively. Starting in early August, she is taking a leave of absence from EAW to study abroad in Rome and London, and hopes to return for another year on EAW’s WFM team. Our organization wishes Sukhleen great success as she studies abroad and as a future lawyer!

 

Published July 20, 2017

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