I am a senior at The Ohio State University, studying International Development and Global Public Health. In May 2015, I will graduate with honors research distinction with a senior thesis focusing on adolescent girls’ education and leadership initiatives as critical to sustainable development in Nigeria. In addition to my studies, I am heavily involved in my local and global communities. Most recently, I completed internships with the TB/HIV Care Association in Cape Town, South Africa and the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. Last spring, I started volunteering with the 1girl program at Broad Street, and I am so glad I did! I love the girls’ energy and I’m always inspired by their increasing ability to articulate and execute their ideas and desires. On our first day of this semester one of my girls, Reynada, very eloquently defined leadership as “being a good example for others and helping people pursue their dreams.” I was so proud and shocked to hear her put it so aptly. I wish my fifth grade self had a program like 1girl.
In my spare time, I love getting my hands dirty with any and all things art, including photography, drawing, and playing the piano. Upon graduation, I hope to gain practical working experience by spending a gap year abroad before pursuing a graduate degree in International Affairs or law.