Athina Krimitzi

Keansburg, NJ, United States

About Athina

Bio

I was born in Romania but then moved to Greece. At the age of 5, I came to the United States of America. I was raised with education as a high value. I knew from a young age that I loved to ask questions specifically in Biology and that research would be my ultimate love. I applied to attend a public school called Biotechnology High School. The quality of the labs exceed many of the college's labs. I spent a rigorous 4 years there and ultimately got my IB diploma. Many of my friends moved on to exceptional institutions where they are challenged every day. Because of certain legal limitations, my flourishing ended there. My only option was to attend a Community College. My situation is one of the reasons why I am a DREAM Act activist.

Languages

Greek

I'm passionate about

Biotechnology in concentration of Microbiology; Bioethics; Immigration Law; D.R.E.A.M. Act

Talk to me about

Research and Biotechnology

Comments & conversations

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Athina Krimitzi
Posted over 3 years ago
As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?
I always think about this! I speak Greek, English, some Romanian and some Spanish. The language that I think it depends on my environment and which language is dominantly used at the time. When I was younger I would think in Greek, this was my first language but I also knew a lot of Romanian and I spoke it fluently, but because at the time I was in Greece, I thought in that. When I came here the transition was hard but eventually by the age of 10-12 I was thinking in English. Also, I took Spanish, around the time of exams or during class I would think in Spanish (not on purpose). And now that my cousin and Grandmother are here from Greece, I think in Greek. It honestly depends on the environment. I think language is definitely connected to culture, but I don't really know how to describe it. I have different expectations when thinking in another language, strange as it sounds. Each culture has a different character.
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Athina Krimitzi
Posted over 3 years ago
Do you believe the DREAM Act would be a proper way of solving some of our immigration law issues?
I completely agree with you that without a structured law preventing people to live where they want, it would be chaos. I think that the current structured law is flawed and they should make it easier for people to be able to live here. I know the process very well because I am currently going through it. Let me tell you, it's pricey. This is a problem because the people trying to escape the hardships in their country oftentimes are not wealthy. As for the English, the students do learn English but I can admit the adults do not bother because they know theyll be doing a minimum wage job where they aren't in contact with the public. As you can see, I have come here and i can say my English is adequate and probably exceeds the level of most Americans. I graduated from the number one high school for english in nj. And top 25 in the nation for science. The undocumented students work very hard here to prove that they can help make America a better place. Thank you for your insight! I will be looking foward to your further response about the DREAM Act. If you have questions about the Bill itself please ask me. I studied it for a research paper.
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Athina Krimitzi
Posted over 3 years ago
Is religion the only motivation for a person to do right? Should our morals be only based on religious belief?
I think a huge part of doing good with the motivation being religion is for the "prize" at the end. Let's face it, a lot of us do something with the purpose of receiving something back. At least most of us. I do not think everyone that is doing the right thing has religion as their motivation though. A lot of my friends do not believe in a structured religion but still go out of their way to help someone or be part of their community. It's a hard topic, because a lot of people are ignorant.