Last summer, Juliet Young (21) traveled to the U.S. to participate in the Fulbright summer institute “Study of the U.S. Institutes” (SUSI), a five-week program in the U.S. for students between the age of 18 and 25. Read about Juliet and her SUSI-experience below.
Juliet Young knows how to stay busy. The medical student and Young Ambassadors board member has three part-time jobs, including one as a sex-ed instructor for high school students at MSO; she is a board member of the SUM committee at the Medical Faculty; she enjoys being engaged in her church, and has a long background as a competing and performing dancer. Juliet attended the Fulbright Summer Institute for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship in the summer of 2014 at the Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
What made an impression on you during your stay?
Many experiences, site visits, and conversations made an impression on me during my stay. We had several interesting lectures and tasks, challenging and exciting projects, inspiring site visits, and a great time contributing in voluntary efforts. One experience that stood out was visiting LIFEDesigns, an organization for homeless people with disabilities. One of their clients told us his story of having a disability, as well as being homeless for 20 years, yet having such a sense of hope, gratitude towards what LIFEDesigns had done for him, and his strong faith in God. A tearful, compelling, and joyful experience, all at once. This was a great reminder of why I do all I do, and the importance of social engagement and caring for your neighbor.
What did you learn?
I learned a lot from this trip. Not only did I grow as a social entrepreneur, but also as an individual. The site visits gave us a good insight and understanding of social entrepreneurship. Projects and tasks we had, enriched our understanding of how to work for sustainable development and growth of an organization with a social purpose and social impact. I acquired a greater understanding of many aspects of social entrepreneurship, providing me with tools of how to work systematically to make a social impact, and contribute to positive development in society.
How will you use what you have learned?
I am already having good use of what I’ve learned, when working with my various positions and engagements. I have always valued sharing ideas, and constantly work to foster good communication. Exchange of ideas at the Summer Institute was done in several ways, and I try to use some of those methods as inspiration to create a good platform for idea sharing. Witnessing several compelling testimonies, and contributing to great voluntary efforts, the inspiring meetings from the summer, stand as a good reminder of the importance of social engagement. It was a great experience getting to know so many different and lovely people, and I believe we’ve made friends for life. I look forward to continue to use the experiences, knowledge, and friendships established from the trip, to contribute in societies’ improvement and development, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Together, we can assure promising development, and make great things happen!
You can apply for the 2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) now. Deadline for applications: March 2, 2015. Read more about it here.