What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I will be working for Zena za Zene (or Women for Women International) in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. I’m studying women’s and gender studies here at Georgetown and am really looking forward to applying the theory I learn in class in a more tangible setting. After studying the gendered effects of the Bosnian War in the Fall, I have continued to think about peace building through a feminist lens in a post-conflict context. Women for Women international seems like the optimal vessel to do just that.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
I have always been invested in social justice issues and philanthropic efforts. However, it was not until my gap year when I worked for a social impact agency, Propper Daley, that I realized what social impact scale truly meant. To me, social impact means integrating social justice movements into a concrete, sustainable setting in order to elevate work which is already being done by grassroots organizations.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I hope to grow by immersing myself in an environment which is completely unfamiliar to me. The first few weeks will likely be filled with a lot of adjustments, but I am ready to embrace the challenges the project will bring on. I am so excited to be a part of this opportunity because I think I will learn just as much as I contribute.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I transferred to Georgetown in the fall and have been looking for outlets which prioritize strategic social impact work since. I believe the GU Impacts program is the optimal outlet for Georgetown students to gain experience with nonprofits abroad and bring back their findings to the Georgetown community. I also hoped to build my network of fellow Hoyas who are invested in social impact work.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
Georgetown’s club and intern culture has a hyper-focus on pre-professionalism. While this is motivating in many ways, I sometimes struggle to relate to my peers who are solely pursuing careers in for-profit spaces. I think GU Impacts stands out on Georgetown’s campus because it bridges together pockets of the university which never would connect otherwise over the common goal of making a difference.
What’s your favorite quote?
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. -Stephen R. Covey
What are you currently reading?
The Ann Friedman Weekly