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Natalie Knez GU Impacts Fellowship Gashora Girls Academy Kigali Rwanda

The NextGen Leadership Series: Natalie Knez

June 7, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Natalie Knez

Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst


Meet Natalie! She’s a Junior in the College, studying Economics, with a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. She will be combining her academic backgrounds with her experiential learning internship in Rwanda with Gashora Girls Academy.


What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?

I’m going to Rwanda to work at Gashora Girls Academy. I’m excited to work with students and experience an innovative education model.

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?

Social impact means providing communities with the resources, skills, and infrastructure to thrive. The most effective social impact projects emphasize the building blocks of growth in an attempt to create long term solutions and sustainable improvement.

How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?

As an aspiring teacher, I hope that my experience at Gashora will enhance my understanding of educating the whole child. I can’t wait to observe and participate in their classrooms, community building, and social environment because I have so much respect for their holistic approach.

Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?

I decided to apply to GU Impacts because I wanted to work at Gashora!

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?

I think that GU Impacts is different because it requires that its fellows do so much of the ground work. The orientation process and travel plans have already forced me to navigate the fellowship in ways I didn’t anticipate, and I believe  that I’m stronger for it. I think that, by asking us to take ownership of our own experience before we arrive on site, GU Impacts has made us more prepared to excel when we arrive.

What’s your favorite quote?

Growth lies on the other side of resistance.

What are you currently reading?

Hope Leslie by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

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