In the past two months, I've been juggling both work and school full-time. Work has been time-consuming and school has been intense. I am also on the "board" of a few organizations both in my hometown and internationally that I am committed to help manage (all volunteer consultancy work!). On top of everything else, with the (little) free-time that I had, I spent looking for apartments! Summer/beginning of Fall was definitely overwhelming, and I'm glad it's over!
The most valuable lesson I learned from this experience is learning how to FOCUS. In the ensuing months, until the end of the Fall semester (and up until I graduate with my degree), I will be focusing solely on my studies. I do not know what the consequences will be for giving up work, but one thing I am certain of is knowing that work will always be there, education however is something that can never be taken away from me.
"The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever." --Louis L'Amour (1908-1988)
Here are some of August-September's highlights:
(Picture captions have been copied and pasted from my twitter/facebook pics)
|July - August '11: Summer 2011 marked the beginning of my post-baccalaureate studies. I took courses on Green Engineering and Physics with a focus on Energy at Yale University. |
Being back in school has been an amazing & exciting experience. Engaging with my professors & classmates has been incredibly enriching and i'm learning so much in my classes.
August 2011: Presenting Ron Bruder of Education for Employment, Time Magazine 100 most influential people in the world, our very first International Youth Council recognition award at The International Youth Council Global Youth Leader Mixer in NYC. For more pics on the event, visit link.
August 5, 2011: Finding out that I'm closing keynote speaker at the Environmental Law & Justice Symposium in Florida this November -Intimidating!
August 2011: South South News interview by Afaf Konja with Ambassador Jean-Francis R. Zinsou of Benin & other youth leaders.
To watch interview go on this link
|August 19, 2011: International Youth Council co-founders, Jamie Ansorge & Esperanza C. Garcia had a successful meeting with United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) & Friendship Ambassadors Foundation on bridging mutual understanding & MDG's through an upcoming youth conference in Doha this December.|
|September 6, 2011: Presenting an International Youth Council (IYC) recognition award to Ambassador Josephine Ojiambo from the Permanent Mission of Kenya the UN.|
September 16, 2011: A partner of a colleague of mine, Gerard McKeon of Black Tie Magazine, helped organized Couture Fashion Week held at the Waldorf-Astoria. Coincidentally, on the same day of the Fashion Couture Show, I was touring around 50 of our volunteers for the South South Awards at the Waldorf and it was also my birthday. He gave my crew and friends access to this stunning show! Special thanks to Gerard for treating our hard-working volunteers to the beautiful fashion show. http://www.couturefashionweek.com
|September 16, 2011: Overwhelmed by all the love, birthday greetings & friends who came to my birthday party. Im so blessed. Thank you is not enough.|
|September 16, 2011: Thanking my sister for surprising me on my 25th!|
|September 2011: Proud of my younger sister, with whom I managed, as she helped organize a UN- High Level Meeting side-event, breakfast for First Ladies at the Waldorf Astoria.|
|September 19, 2011: Kenny G & I at South South Awards rehearsal|
|September 19, 2011: At the South South Awards with Ambassador Williams of Grenada and 1/3 of the 75 people I helped recruit, train, & manage over the past two and a half weeks in preparation for the South South Awards. It was an honor to work with such a brilliant team made of cum laudes, scholars, global leader awardees, executive directors & presidents of organizations, Master's & PhD graduates educated in the world's best universities, and individuals that are surely going to make an impact in our global community in the near future (if-not already). www.southsouthawards.com|