Since the moment Rida Alvi entered Annapolis High School she has been involved with student government.
“She is a tireless advocate for not only her fellow students, but every student in the county,” says her advisor Kathleen Richburg. Her interest in government and how it is run led her at 15 to start working for Speaker of the Maryland House, Mike Busch. In the spring of 2018, Rida won the election for Student Member of the Board of Education, a coveted position for all SGA students in Anne Arundel County.
Rida, now a senior, is also active in the Future Business Leaders of America and has competed in both district and state competitions. Through these competitions, she’s learned a great deal, including public speaking, speech writing, and leadership skills. Even with her duties on the Board of Education and other activities, Rida still finds time to excel in the rigorous IB program, and, according to Richburg, “puts the time and energy into everything she takes on to give it her best.”
Working with the board has been a great lesson in government as well, says Rida. “I’ve learned to consider people who have different perspectives and compromise,” she says. She’s also learned how important it is to learn to “work with people that think differently than you do but also push the needle forward on the issues you really care about.”
In addition to her tireless work in student affairs and local government, Rida loves to travel. Her family set a goal when she was young to visit all 50 state capitals by the time she graduated from high school. To date, her family has visited all but Juneau, Alaska. She loves to visit new places and find adventures along the way. Meeting new people in new places has “opened her eyes to what the United States really looks like” and led her to meet a “lot of cool people.”
Rida is interested in pursuing a degree in International Relations at a D.C. university and hopefully law school in the future.