One of the most challenging aspects of studying abroad is understanding how the other country’s educational system works well enough to apply to your top school, get admitted, and get a scholarship or funding.
As an international student in both the UK and the US I experienced how overwhelming this process can be. Having had a mentor or a reference person to ask at my dream university would have saved me countless hours of frustration. To help others who find themselves in this situation, I’ve joined forces with Katie Donahoe to create Unipeers.
Unipeers is a non-profit initiative to bring together the largest community of graduate alumni, students, and prospective students from top US universities. Whether you’re looking to learn more about applying to graduate school or landing your first job, Unipeers will help you connect with people just like you who’ve done it before!
Learn more about how to join as a member or volunteer on our website: https://unipeers.org/.
Living in Spain made applying to study in the UK and later in the US challenging for me. Not having anyone to ask at my dream schools or the cities I wanted to move to made me feel lost, overwhelmed and discouraged.
I’m grateful for persevering and getting through the process, but also aware there were times when I almost returned home. In an effort to prevent this from happening to others, Katie Donahoe and I are creating Unipeers.
What’s Unipeers? Learn all about it in my Medium article!
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Spending a day as a volunteer at the Art Gallery RIVAA in Roosevelt Island was amazing! We went on a tour around the Island and brainstormed ideas for future events. To top it all off, we got snacks! Looking forward to the next one, thank you Gallery RIVAA!
Getting involved in GE’s volunteering scheme since day one was a great decision and I recommend it to any intern!
As a STEM ambassador, I got the opportunity to share my experience at careers fairs such as the Bucks Skills Show and the Imperial College London careers fair. We also organized the 2018 GE Work Experience Week, an event for students to visit the offices and participate in workshops, talks, tours and more.
I joined GE’s GirlsGetSET scheme, which is aimed at teaching young girls about Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). As part of the initiative, we organized a workshop where we taught them the basics of iterative software development for apps using the agile methodology. It was great to see the engagement and set an example I never had when I was younger!
As part of the GE Charity team, I also volunteered at daylong family events such as the ‘Sunday Funday’. I will never forget the sense of community I got when I saw so many people participating – definitely worth waking up early on Saturday!
Don’t forget to give back to others – it’s a feeling like no other!
Make a Wish is a charity that creates life-changing wishes for critically ill children. Volunteering with them in the UK from 2016 to 2017 was an incredibly rewarding experience. Here is a picture from one of the bake sales we organized – I had just finished exam season at University so don’t mind my tired face!