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Feihan Xie GU Impacts Fellowship Kigali Rwanda kLab

The NextGen Leadership Series: Feihan Xie

May 15, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Feihan Xie

Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst

Meet Feihan! He’s a freshman in the MSB hoping to major in Finance with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. This summer he’s heading to Kigali, Rwanda to work with kLab.

 

What makes you most excited about Kigali?

I’m most excited about this program because it combines my top three interests — investment, technology, and entrepreneurship.

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?

Social impact means one’s life value. Comparing to wealth and fame, bringing changes to the community and benefiting other people is what matters. Money and wealth could be gone easily, but efforts to elevate the community will never disappear. And people won’t be remembered because of his/her private wealth, but because of his/her efforts to change the community.

I agree. Why did you decide to GU Impacts, and how do you hope to grow?

I learned about GU Impacts before applying to college, which also helped me make my final decision to choose Georgetown. I really appreciate the idea of using business skills to do social work. And I hope to grow a better understanding of how business in Africa functions as well as just learning more about African culture.

So what attracted you to GU Impacts specifically versus other service programs at Georgetown?

While other service programs are narrowly service focused, GU Impacts integrates both business and social impact. It gives us the opportunity to develop ourselves professionally while also contributing to the society.

That’s a great way to put it. Last two questions, what’s your favorite quote?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

And finally, what are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Daodejing.

 

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