What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I am a proud member of the El Nido cohort traveling to the Philippines, and I am confident that interning with the Ten Knots Development Corporation at the El Nido Resorts is going to offer me precisely the opportunity I have been searching for to explore questions of creating socially conscious ventures on a global scale. In reading the literature provided about the company’s mission and position in the tourism industry, I know that I will be gaining invaluable experience from the work. By taking on the meaningful projects along with my fellow cohort members from Georgetown and the University of Manilla, I look forward to improving the framework within which TKDC operates to achieve its quadruple bottom line.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
No matter how smart we believe we are, and subsequently how great we believe our ideas to be, the most impactful solutions ultimately arise by effectively engaging with the demographic we wish to serve. Thus, I view social impact as a process and not a product. In fact it is a rigorous process whereby we must suspend our assumptions and reflect critically on the lessons that our engagement teach us as we aim to improve systems and achieve our definitions of social good.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
As someone who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee–geographically in the center of the country–I never had the opportunity to travel out of the country and learn about other cultures and people. It was not until a week long trip to Cuba last January that I even stepped foot out of the United States. With this in mind, I believe my biggest growth opportunity lies in my finally learning what it is like to become the global citizen that Georgetown provides us the opportunity to be. It will not be easy to step out of my comfort zone, but I foresee that it will be extremely rewarding.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I was encouraged to research into GU Impacts by my good friend Juliette Brown who was a former resident of the Black House where I currently call home. After browsing the website, talking to alums of the program, and doing more research about the various companies that are a part of the Beeck Center’s network, I found that this opportunity would be ideal in helping me grow as an entrepreneur and champion of social impact.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
I believe that GU Impacts has a phenomenal structure in that it helps us reflect about which areas of our lives we wish to improve, which parts of the world we would like to travel to, and what impact we strive to make on society in order to find a fulfilling summer opportunity around these answers. The Beeck Center team is also very supportive in the way that they ensure we have all the resources we need to be successful throughout the journey.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Talk is cheap. It takes money to buy land” – Robert Hugh White
What are you currently reading?
Body Language by Allan Pease