Tshegofatso, one of our 2019 Ambassador Scholars, studied the Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals course at the SOAS Academic Summer School. We caught up with her to hear about what she’s been working on since.
What have you been working on since your time at SOAS?
“I am a currently in my 2nd year of a PhD in Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. I am also involved with the UNMGCY, particularly with SDG 3.”
What is your favourite memory from the Academic Summer School?
“On the first day of the summer program, there was an activity facilitated by Professor Stephen Hopgood about different facts. The entire activity opened my eyes about perception and how that affects action, but also the importance of the facts and acting on them. It allowed me to start thinking about and challenging my own perception of the world around me. That set the tone of the Academic Summer School for me.”
How do you think that your time on the Academic Summer School has shaped your journey?
“My experience on the Academic Summer School has renewed my passion to pursue my dreams, inspiring me to want to do more for my community. It has inspired me to be proactive about the world that I would like to see. Attending the Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals course and the rest of the Academic Summer School has enlightened my understanding of the words and inspired me to want to live them out. It has been instrumental in thinking about the career I want in public health. I loved the differences that all the people that I met and interacted with had and the common ground that brings us together. I appreciated the diversity and how I feel that I have grown in understanding the world around me and the different approaches to life. I can say that it has been important for my personal development.”
And finally, do you have any advice? What would you say to someone interested in joining us for the summer?
“To all potential applicants of the program, my experience on the program was that I was seen, heard, valued and understood. That what I said mattered, and you not only learn from the lecturers, but also from the entire class. I believe that it can be the experience for everyone. Think about what you would like to get out of your time on the Academic Summer School because it is what you make it. Be open to learning about so much more than just the academic aspect because I believe that you learn about yourself as well. It will be one of the best experiences you will ever have, just as it was mine.”
We are now accepting applications for the SOAS Academic Summer School 2020. Visit our website for more information.
This blog was originally posted on the SOAS Academic Summer School Blog.