While pursuing studies in Genetics and Molecular Biology, I have had the opportunity to engage in diverse professional, personal and philanthropic experiences in several capacities. I have worked in policy development with the Embassy of Canada as the Political and Public Affairs intern, travelled or volunteered in over 25 countries, and most recently, worked for 12 months in Kenya developing and implementing an HIV/AIDS prevention program, which has recently been internationally recognized as a ‘best practice’ program by the United Nations (UN) and Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). Together, these experiences have merged my interests in the social and cultural factors affecting health; bridging gaps in communication through writing and journalism; and learning to better understand the world around me.
I was granted early acceptance into one of Canada's leading universities (Queen's University, Kingston), and upon starting university I was awarded the Loran Scholarship, the largest undergraduate scholarship in Canada. Apart from meeting its rigorous academic and service requirements, I have also worked for the majority of my undergraduate degree, both during the school year and the summer months.
In 2011 I interned for the Embassy of Canada in Budapest, Hungary, and later in Zagreb, Croatia. During my internship I composed multiple documents and updates on ongoing country issues that were used by the European and Eurasia Bureau, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Canadian Embassies in neighboring countries.
In 2012, I spent 10 weeks at the Reach out to Humanity (ROTH) Health Centre in Kenya, where I designed and implemented a pilot project with an elderly population suffering from HIV and AIDS. The project saw tremendous success, with five times the estimated population being reached with AIDS education and a significant increase in testing at the facility. I was later hired by ROTH as the Program Coordinator, and spent the next year developing and implementing a new HIV program for the organization. This work provided me with a solid foundation of skills, including the application of scientific research findings and development of public health programs.
I currently work for Queen's University as a live-in residence facilitator, mentoring and facilitating programs for 50 undergraduate students.
In addition to my studies and work in the health sciences, I also write for the Western Star Newspaper as a contributing blogger about living and working in Africa. My articles have been published both online and in print in multiple Canadian newspapers and blogs.
My strong academic record, interdisciplinary professional and personal experiences, and genuine enthusiasm for learning set me apart from the crowd and are a testament to my dedication to hard work.
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