What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
My assigned location is Maharashtra, India. I’m excited because India is a bit of an unexpected country for me to go to since I have focused a lot of my service work in Latin America. I’m also excited because Mann Deshi Foundation’s mission aligns near perfectly with my own interests: the intersection of service and sustainability.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Social impact means driving forward change. It means embracing challenges and differences for the sake of relationships. For me, social impact has been most present when I have allowed it to be personal. When a person’s heart breaks for a certain cause, not only are they impacted but they are eager to share in their experiences. In that interaction, social impact is lasting and powerful.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
This summer, I hope to take my experiences and skills and multiply them. I hope to grow in each challenge but also tap into the diverse knowledge that I will be surrounded with. By asking questions and taking initiative when possible, I hope to come out of the program with a better understanding of not only what I want to do in the future but what I can do with the development of new practices and expansion of understandings.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
Social impact and service have been my passions since I was little. Scaling that same impact has been my question for the past few years. The question of “How to scale sustainable impact?” has many answers. I applied to GU Impacts because I think it will give me the opportunity to discover one, if not a few, of them.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts looks to make lasting, sustainable change in all corners of the world. It asks students to take their strengths and knowledge from classes into the workplace, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills and grow in their experiences. The kinds of experiences that the students can take into all realms: professional and social.
What’s your favorite quote?
“You don’t give people dignity. You affirm it.” – John M. Perkins
What are you currently reading?
How to Change the World Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein