What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Unite For Sight (Asikuma Breman, Ghana, June 2007) BUNAC, Volunteer South Africa (Athlone, South Africa, May-July 2006) Lenkisem Primary School (Lenkisem, Kenya, August 2003) Best Buddies Shepherd's Table Chicago Alternative Spring Break Children's Development Clinic
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My dream career is focused on the humanitarian assistance, health, and development of Africa. With the Erik B. Young International Travel Study Award, I was able to travel to Asikuma Breman, Ghana for the month of June 2007 to volunteer with the non-profit organization, Unite For Sight. While in-country, I participated in community outreach with a local eye clinic. Two teams of five people (including nurses and international volunteers) drove out to neighboring villages each day and set up in health care clinics, churches, or even right on the beach. The team administered eye exams, diagnosed conditions, and distributed medications and eye glasses. With the Erik B. Young Travel Study Award, I was able to make another step towards my career in serving the people of Africa in development and health.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
My life goals, both professional and personal, revolve around international health and development. I have expressed my desire for a professional career in this field. I have a specific interest in Africa, but I am concerned with the same issue in all countries. In the future, I would like to receive a graduate degree and pursue a career with the federal government or with an organization that collaborates with such federal agencies as USAID. I would like to work on the support side from Washington, DC offices, or in the field with the in-country missions. On a more personal note, I am emotionally attached to the developing world. Observing the plight of poverty first-hand has shaped my life goals of contributing what I can in my lifetime to those less fortunate than me. I was lucky to be born in America to an educated family.