Agnes Scott’s unique SUMMIT program, which provides a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education, prepares students to be global citizens and effective leaders through various experiential courses, activities and opportunities from the start of freshman year.
As a first year student, SUMMIT allowed me to participate in an intercultural course and embark on immersive faculty-led travel to Reykjavik, Iceland. In my preparatory course which was centered around Icelandic culture, I had the chance to study Iceland’s use of geothermal energy; the role of women in society; and the economic impacts of the 2008 Financial Crisis. Learning about the country and Icelandic society prior to my “Global Journeys” trip, provided me with the necessary context to become fully immersed in this journey abroad and significantly enhanced my understanding of our interconnected world.
Iceland’s geographic location contributes significantly to its oceanic cuisine. During my time there, I frequently indulged in one of my favorite foods: smoked salmon. Moreover, I was given the opportunity to try a traditional Icelandic delicacy: puffin. Despite my hesitation in consuming such an adorable little creature, I felt compelled to try something unique to Iceland and make the most out of my trip.
As a junior, I decided to spend my fall semester (2019) studying abroad in Liverpool, England. I attended Liverpool Hope University, where I was given the opportunity to strengthen and broaden my knowledge and skills in mathematics (or “maths” as they say in England) and computer science. Particularly, I took courses in Multivariable Calculus, Group Theory, Chaos Theory, Programming in C/C++, and Intro to Artificial Intelligence. I developed strong relationships with my professors and fellow classmates, which helped make the transition into a foreign learning environment much easier. Moreover, I became very drawn to the research of my Multivariable Calculus and Chaos Theory professor Dr. Andrew Foulkes, which involves the application of nonlinear dynamical systems to aid in the understanding of irregular heart rhythms. Amazed by his work on this seemingly impossible application of mathematics, I became all the more excited to learn about the field of biostatistics and the myriad ways I could use my quantitative skills to contribute to public health and medical research.
During my time at Liverpool Hope University, I decided to join the LHU Women’s Lacrosse Team along with my two roommates, as a way to engage with the college; become further immersed in English culture; meet others; and of course, stay active. My roommates and I were welcomed with open arms and quickly became friends with our teammates. Not only did we enjoy one another’s company during weekly practices, but we supported each other during our games, and often took part in team building activities around Liverpool.
During my time as a study abroad student at Liverpool Hope University, one of my roommates and I took up the opportunity to attend the STEM Women Conference in Manchester, England. At this event we were able to learn about different careers in STEM; listen to several executive women speak about their experiences working in the field; and network with recruiters from several STEM-focused companies including PWC, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, and Citrix.
My Residential Campus at Hope Park was surrounded by beautiful scenery. My roommates and I took advantage of the trails and parks nearby and often went on nature walks to alleviate stress when schoolwork became overwhelming.
Nothing will bring George Floyd back to life. There’s nothing to celebrate in a jury doing its job in finding Derek Chauvin guilty. But in a country where police are rarely held criminally liable for murdering people, especially Black and brown people, this moment matters.
The jury's verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin, but not justice for George Floyd. Real justice for him and too many others can only happen when we build a nation that fundamentally respects the human dignity of every person. https://twitter.com/AP/status/1384616336899313667
When I applied for my PhD I was rejected from every program. One faculty member told me I would never be a community engaged researcher or complete a PhD program b/c of my GRE scores. They weren’t great but I did well in my master’s prog.