In case you haven’t heard of it, allow me to be the first to tell you about James Madison College of Public Policy (a residential college within Michigan State University). JMC is a place for the politically opinionated, idealistic, and active students that probably made up the majority of your high school’s Young Republican and Young Democrat clubs. (Not that each student fits so easily into a party, but you get the idea.) One of these students is Ameek Singh Sodhi, a proud Michigander and an esteemed graduate of this program. In fact, we would go so far as to call him a “JMC All-Star”.
Ameek grew up in White Lake and Rochester Hills, and entails a fairly idyllic childhood “full of playing basketball, swimming, getting Slurpees, and going to some very inspiring and informative religious retreats”. After high school, Ameek attended MSU and double majored in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and International Relations (kind of a mouthful). While at MSU, he wrote a well respected column for The State News, and participated in the Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students’ yearly celebration of Indian culture, Satrang (see awesome picture below).
After graduation, Ameek moved on to an Executive Team Leader position at Target, but started to look outside of The Mitten for his next career move. In January, Ameek moved out to our nation’s Capitol and took a job as a Federal Financial Analyst for Accenture, a management consulting company. In this position, he assists the US Navy with their financial audits and ensures that all their financial ducks are in a row. Life in the city is different, and Ameek says he’s still getting used to the “ridiculous” cost of living in DC, but he enjoys “the diversity of things to do around the city”. When he’s not working, you can find him cheering at the latest MSU Basketball game, attending cultural events around the city, and trying out some of the more exotic culinary delights that Washington D.C. offers.
Michigan is proud to call Ameek its own for more than just his educational and career successes. He is a stellar person with an open mind and an infectious smile. He’ll even give you turban tying lessons, if you ask nicely! D.C., of course, is no replacement for the home state. “I do very much miss Peanut Barrel and Rochester Road,” and he says and it’s tough to be so far from friends and family. While he doesn’t have plans to move back to the Mitten anytime in the near future, we can be sure that Ameek is a Michigander to the core.
– Column Writer, Anna Schroen