Students at Northwestern have many opportunities to get involved in international public health experiences every day. Below, we share excerpts of some of their stories. We invite you to read their full posts to find out more!
“‘Inspiration’: this is the main word that has characterized my experience at the Global Engagement Summit and the most important feeling that I am bringing back to Italy…. Most of all I was inspired by the stories of all the other delegates. We came from different countries and we had different backgrounds, but we all share one big dream: to give our contribution to this world; to create, to innovate, to be engaged and engage to make life better. I found young people full of courage, passion, life, enthusiasm and ideas. I found new friends and new partners for future projects.”
Alberta Pelino, an International Delegate from Bocconi University in Italy, shares her reflections about Northwestern’s student-run Global Engagement Summit. Read the rest of her story here, and read about the experiences of other delegates at the International Program Development’s blog!
“In the summer of 2012 I traveled to Beijing on the Northwestern University Public Health study abroad program. I had a phenomenal experience overall and learned a lot about the public health system in China and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as the Mandarin language…. Through my experiences navigating the city, both in large and small groups as well as on my own, I learned so much more about the culture of China I had already learned to love. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in China.
Despite all the positives, there was something that drove me nuts about Beijing: the air quality. Anyone who knows me will tell you I love the outdoors and the sun. So the grey skies, thick with smog, were not ideal. Even more disappointing to me was the fact that I had found the one place where running outside is actually worse for your health than not running at all.”
“My study abroad experience also solidified my career path. At the time, I was strongly questioning my pursuit of a Medical Degree. It was through my Clinical Observations Class that I was able to envision myself as a physician and to prepare myself for the daily challenges of a medical professional: an inefficient healthcare system, lack of resources, non-compliant patients, and understaffed clinics – to name a few. I was honored to sit in on a blepharoplasty (an eyelid surgery) alongside a team of surgeons, inspired through my conversations with the cheerful patients in the Clinica de la Familia Palliative Care Facility, and humbled by the testimonials of many physicians and specialists. These glimpses of health care, but also ‘person care,’ have been the impetus for my medical vocation.”
“As a professor of health and human rights and the director of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, I traveled to Mali last month with six Northwestern University graduate students and a faculty colleague to conduct a health and human rights needs assessment in the town of Douentza.
Having attempted to exhaustively research Douentza’s health access issues over the previous three months, we were struck during our visit not only by the country’s eagerness to build its capacity in the area of health, but also by its safety and stability, whether in the market in Douentza or in the remote Dogon.”
NU Law Professor Juliet Sorensen discusses the recent trip she took with students in an article here. Discover more about her Access to Health project here, and read about the experiences of the NPHR’s Osefame Ewaleifoh on this trip in our own blog posts here and here.