What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
My assigned location is with Women for Women International in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am happy that I have the opportunity to work with an organization that centers around one of my passions, women’s empowerment. WfWi helps empower women by giving them the information, training, and/or knowledge they need to achieve economic independence. Coming from a family of Mexican women who have been deprived of resources all their lives, WfWi’s work touches home for me. I am deeply inspired with the impact and progress that WfWi has made in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I cannot wait to be a part of the WfWi team. I am also definitely excited to have the chance to learn more about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s history and culture while being in the country.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
As a result of being raised by a family of Mexican immigrants, I became immersed in immigrant rights. The experiences that my close relatives had with law enforcement officials and abusive bosses (as a result of being undocumented) motivated me to want to be proactive and help others who are also affected by similar ways. Thus, I started translating materials and interpreting conversations/speeches between Spanish and English at a young age. To this very day, I am still involved in organizations and programs that help immigrants in some way. As can be seen, this is the way in which I conduct social impact; by participating in activities that I know can alleviate particular social injustices.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
Through GU Impacts, I hope to build a stronger sense of self-efficacy and confidence. I believe that by completing tasks related to storytelling and communications, I will become a more self-assured individual; believing in my abilities to take on anything, even if it is something new like communications work. In addition, I hope to develop leadership skills that will help me become a better leader. I believe that by the end of GU Impacts, I will become more confident in taking initiative and more motivated to pursue a career in social innovation.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
Last summer, I watched two of my good friends flourish throughout their GU Impacts experiences. Knowing that they had enjoyed their time learning and working at their placements, I realized how great of a program this was for undergraduate students; especially for first-generation students, like them and me. As a first-generation low-income student, opportunities like GU Impacts can be life-changing and pave the way for future endeavors. Since I did not have the chance to study abroad, GU Impacts was going to be another way for me to learn more about the rest of the world. With the help of GU Impacts, first-generation students can gain a different perspective of the world and valuable learning experiences while working at one of their impact partners.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
Being able to learn and have hands-on experience in either the public, not-for-profit, or private sector is a privilege and to be able to have the opportunity to do just that can be very meaningful. GU Impacts allows students to partake in the social impact that each placement/organization creates. Even though the program works with domestic partners, it also works with international partners; something that other service programs at Georgetown do not offer. By working with international partners, it gives students the opportunity to travel or work outside the country so that they could gain a different perspective of the world.
What’s your favorite quote?
“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.”
What are you currently reading?
El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho