What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
El Nido, Philippines — I’m most excited about the opportunity to work with local Filipino students on environmental projects. I have always been interested in learning more about ways of business doing good, and the El Nino project really presents that opportunity while affording me a chance to learn more about Filipino culture!
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
From my experience, social impact really comes down to adding positive value to a community that you’re invested in. And from what I have seen and have done, it really is about the scale of your impact that the scale of your solution. Hardworking innovators have made tremendous progress throughout the human history. Geniuses like Dr. Banting, Best and Collip discovered and developed the life saving insulin drug to treat diabetes, which has been a deadly disease. But it also takes innovators to deliver the drugs to the hands of people to make a social impact. So from these lessons and personal experiences, I have found that social impact is about adding value to the community by working in a team and delivering the results.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I’m truly grateful of this amazing opportunity and wish to grow as a person, professionally and personally through the GU Impacts program. By emerging in a different culture for 10 weeks, I hope to hone my interpersonal skills and team work skills through GU Impacts. More importantly, I want to step outside of my comfort zone to push myself to open my mind for new experiences and to think differently.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I decided to apply to GU Impacts because of my belief that business and government can create value to the public. Specifically, I believe economic gains should not and does not come at an environmental cost. Luckily, I find what I was trying to learn more about through the El Nido program. Unlike many businesses I have studied before, the program’s local partner really pushes for a quadruple bottomline that incorporates the importance of its community, the environment and the pubic good. Influenced by the jesuit value of Magis — always seeking to do more, I have always been driven to find ways to grow more as a person and do more for others through my work. And GU Impacts truly affords that opportunity to DO more, and make an impact, which I find fulfilling.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts offers a comprehensive view on social impact that marries both the theories and the experience. From the spring workshop trainings and readings to its global summer partnerships to the fall wrap-up, the program goes beyond a learning experience to be a formative experience unlike other service programs at Georgetown.
What’s your favorite quote?
Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
What are you currently reading?
The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross; but really, anything and everything I can find!