It has been 2-3 months since I last updated my blog, and I would like to apologize for that. So much has been going on, but here I am ready to give you an update on what has been happening.
Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual Millennium Campus Conference hosted by MCN. The conference was held from August 1-5th, 2016 in the beautiful Washington, D.C. and attracted global leaders from all over the world from both undergraduate to working professionals alike.
I had the opportunity to attend Impact Studios ranging from Global Health – where Emily Conron from END7 discussed ways to advocate and promote awareness to END 7 of the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to learning how to become an active citizen via leadership, led by Anna Mahalak, the Youth Engagement Manager from the United Nations Foundation. Aside from the Impact Studios, we also had the chance to attend debates such as Global North vs Global South (which got pretty heat-y!) to Justice vs Aid. It was interesting to hear both arguments as panelists came from all over the world, whether it’s Pakistan, South Africa, Azerbaijan, etc. I was really impressed by all the information the panelists were able to convey as they unveiled my eyes to new perspectives.
In addition to the specifics of the conference, I created the most amazing memories with wonderful people hailed from all over the world. Never have I ever been in the same room as people from Ghana, Liberia, Lebanon, Haiti, Morocco, Colombia, Pakistan, etc. They may have been from all over the globe, but the fact that we all shared that same vision speaks volumes on how much potential we, as millennials, have. From our nighttime monuments tour to visiting the Capitol or several of the Smithsonian Museums, I couldn’t have asked for a better group to be in our nation’s capital with. Social entrepreneurship is prevalent in our generation, and I hope from the bottom of my heart that we all work together collectively to not only address the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but that we continue to support one another in our own individual projects. So much hope, faith, passion in one conference, and I would love to see that STAY alive within us all.