What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I’ve been assigned to Mann Deshi Foundation in Mhaswad, India. I’m excited to be working with a path-breaking organization in a side of India I haven’t gotten to experience yet, and to learn about what creating social impact truly means.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
In my impression, social impact means creating the conditions that empower people to implement solutions to their own problems. It’s the proverbial teaching someone to fish, as opposed to giving them food. That said, I’m excited to see how this experience may change my perceptions of what social impact really means!
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I hope to make a career in development economics, specifically with respect to India. By doing GU Impacts at Mann Deshi, I look forward to getting an on-the-ground understanding of development that is often left out in many economics classes.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
GU Impacts is one of the few opportunities available to freshman that focuses on the development of the intern. Combined with its emphasis on practical social impact, this convinced me that doing GU Impacts and gaining on-the-ground experience would be preferable to an office internship for the summer.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
Definitely its emphasis on data-driven, scalable, and sustainable social impact. I appreciate the Beeck Center’s philosophy of practical and results-driven social impact that transcends traditional volunteerism.
What’s your favorite quote?
My previous boss in India, who was driving me back from an event we had to attend one day, said something along the lines of:
“Nobody knows anything. Even the CEO of the largest company is doing things on a day by day basis, and things he doesn’t even expect to go wrong will go wrong. So try not to get too trapped in your plans, and expect things to change.”
What are you currently reading?
India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha