June 19, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Nadia Ilunga
Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst
Meet Nadia! She’s a graduate student in the Global Human Development program here at Georgetown. As the first graduate GU Impacts fellow, she will be using her experience in the field to help mentor the other undergraduates on her program, at El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.
What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I am headed to the Philippines to work with El Nido Resorts (ENR) in El Nido, Palawan. There are so many things I’m excited about for the summer, but I’m probably most enthusiastic about the scope of work for my project. I’m really interested in private sector approaches to development, particularly in the ‘tourism for development’ space, so the opportunity to work with a leader in the field such as ENR is amazing. The project has three distinct components, which makes for a fantastic chance to delve into a few different aspects of the work ENR does, to learn about sustainable tourism through multiple lenses. This is the first time that a graduate student will be participating in GU Impacts, so I’m also excited for the opportunity to help shape the role of future graduate students in the program.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
At the end of the day, most people just want the chance to build a meaningful life for themselves and the people they love. For me, social impact is about lowering the barriers people face in being able to do that.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
This will be my first time working in a region I have never been to before, so I am looking forward to learning about immersing myself in a new place. I am also looking forward to developing my skills as a mentor to the undergraduate students in my cohort.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
For my summer internship, I was looking for something that had a very clear set of deliverables that I could sink my teeth into and work to achieve, and I saw the opportunity for that kind of structure with the El Nido project.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
Admittedly, I do not know about too many other service programs at Georgetown, but it seems that the extensive orientation component of GU Impacts is unique.
What’s your favorite quote?
“…I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” -Rainer Maria Rilke
What are you currently reading?
‘Song of Solomon’, by Toni Morrison