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We have an amazing group of Fellows joining the NLC family this year, and we’re excited to learn more about the issues closest to them and why they love calling Philly “home."
What are you most looking forward to when it comes to the NLC Institute?
Samar: Apart from engaging in meaningful policy debates and learning various aspects of leadership, one of the primary purposes for me to apply for the NLC institute was to meet like-minded individuals. The individuals who would be household names in the field of civilian leadership. Just sharing a platform among these future stalwarts is amazing.
What are the issues closest to your heart?
Samar: The issue closest to my heart is the reform of the criminal justice system, especially initiatives relating to re-entry of returning citizens to normal civilian life, and effective diversion programs.
Describe your ideal “Philly day.”
Samar: In the morning I get up and have my green tea, and then make a green juice for myself. After this, just chill for sometime and then preferably go for a long run at the boathouse row or valley green. It’s just wonderful, especially during the summers. After that, come back, rest and then head out to 34th and Market (at Penn) to my favorite gyro food truck guy, his name is Lukman. He has the best lamb over rice in the whole wide world. Even better than the gyro trucks in NYC. So it throws all my running out of the window. Adding to that, I would definitely end the day with a nice IPA at my favorite watering hole at New Deck Tavern, which is at 34th and Sansom and just opposite Penn Law.
What do you love most about Philly?
Samar: Well to be honest the diversity in the city is amazing. I just love the fact that there are people from all walks of life. And generally it is a cheerful city. And not originally being from the country, when I first came to Philly, I found it to be a cheerful, happy city. I love the quaint hangout places especially in University City and Old City. And being a history nerd, just the significance of this city to the US just makes me feel happy to be part of this city.
Learn more about Samar’s work, and meet the rest of our 2016 Fellows here. You can also check out Samar’s photography on his blog.
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