About Me

CURRENT STUDENT | FUTURE SENATOR

Hello, I’m Kyle Shrader, and welcome to my blog. I am currently a freshman at New York University majoring in Public Policy and Finance. My purpose with writing this online journal is to document and share some of the lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve had while I am working towards becoming a United States Senator.

Here’s a little bit about me:

For the past few years, I have been focused on improving the quality and availability of reliable health care for minorities and immigrants in my local community. Pursuing this has been demanding — and surely has had its challenging moments — but I’ve been able to do it by interning and volunteering with organizations across Illinois.

My inspiration for healthcare policy developed a few years ago when my cousin first immigrated to the United States. He came to this great county to seek better education, but coming from China, he faced many difficulties early on. Aside from cultural barriers and financial hardship, he was challenged with finding insurance and health care that could keep him well. What troubles me is that his story is just like my grandparents’, is just like my mother’s, and is just like the stories of many other immigrants when they first came to this nation.

After years of research and first-hand exposure to the concerns of immigrant and minority communities, I have realized that there are extreme disparities between the healthcare immigrants and native-born citizens receive. As a result, every step I have taken has been with a purpose: to build a strong educational foundation in pursuit of resolving these issues. My journey in pursuing this passion has had tremendous successes and failures, and many lessons learned.

Here are a few of the lessons I have learned and accomplishments I have had over the past few years:

Accomplishments:

  • Elected Chairman of the Midwest Asian Health Association after five years and 300+ hours of dedicated community service. (2018)
  • Founded the Chicago Agency of the China-U.S. Youth Leadership Development Foundation. (2018)
  • Elected Senator of the Student Council and President of the National Honor Society at Hinsdale Central High School. (2019)
  • Awarded the Chicago Chinese Youth Leadership Award & the Asian American Coalition of Chicago Youth Who Excels Award (2019)

Lessons Learned:

  • A “self-made man” doesn’t exist. Anything meaningful is accomplished with the support of others.
  • Compare yourself only to those who are better than you. Never settle.
  • The feeling of “going through the motions” in life can be alleviated by finding a true friend.
  • “All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness.” – David Whyte

My Passions

SOCIAL & PUBLIC POLICY • LAW & LEGISLATION

Having interned under several politicians, including Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and DuPage County Board Member Greg Hart, my first-hand experiences in the current political climate have cemented my decision and raised my confidence towards becoming a politician who can fairly represent my constituents.

LEGISLATION
PUBLIC SERVICE
SOCIAL POLICY

Recent Work

MINORITY POPULATIONS • SOCIAL POLICY • IMMIGRANT HEALTHCARE
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“The goal in the end is not to win elections. The goal is to change society.”

PAUL KRUGMAN - ECONOMIST

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

“‘Elite doesn’t mean elitist.’ He said, ‘The only time you should ever look down on someone is when you reach your hands out to lift that person up.'”

MORTON O. SCHAPIRO
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