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Introducing myself and my journal: Constant Motion

About Me:
I am a returning student, currently in the process of obtaining my MSW (Master's of Social Work) from Columbia University. My desire to return to school came as I had gone as far up the ladder as I could with a bachelor's degree in addition to my storng desire to learn, and a desire to international development interests. While attending Columbia I am also working to launch an NGO called The Cambodia Project (www.thecambodiaproject.org) as the Corporate Development Manger.

Prior to returning to school I spent several years working in higher education, most recently as the Associate Director of the Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). In this position I worked to organize college students around community projects with local non-profit organizations. I loved this job as it welded multiple interests of mine together such as working with young people, the local community, and non-profit organizations. Before working at TCNJ I worked at Princeton University, doing very similar work.

My personal life:

I come from a family of 6 (including my parents and myself). I have two sisters and one brother who I love very much. While family can be strenuous at times, I am extremely greatful for them as they have provided support, encouragement, sensitivity and laughter.

At present I am engaged to a wonderful man named Harpreet. Although we come from very different backgrounds, and have pursued very different careers - we work well together. He is extremely supportive of my interests and passion which I deeply appreciate.

I am very passionate about human rights, community development, social justice and equity. My entire career has focused on these aspects, and I plan on keeping it that way. Outside of this, I believe that having fun, creative, intelligent and innovative people around is a must in life. I have amazing friends who I feel blessed to have in my life.

My Passions:
Human Rights, women's rights

My Challenges:
Working with people who can't put themselves in other's shoes

My Vision for the Future:
A more equitable world

My Areas of Expertise:
Motivating and energizing people, critical analysis, strategy,

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community. I checked out your website, its amazing what you and yor group are doing. Keep up the good work. God bless you all.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Heather Camp's picture

Thank you

Fatima-
Thank you for the warm welcome to PulseWire! I've gotten so many encouraging notes from different members, I'm so impressed. Also, thanks for taking the time to look into The Cambodia Project and your positive wishes.

Heather

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, I just loved the

Hey there,

I just loved the way you talked about your work and your life! You introduced yourself in such a great way and it was really engaging! I would love to go to Columbia! It's such a great university. Their human rights program is wonderful and they have really good professors. Also, it's not always the wisest choice to go to graduate school right after getting you BA, I'm taking a year off right now, but it's ok to take a few years off and decide what you really want to do! It's getting really competitive right now, so you do reach a point where you feel like you need to get a masters degree, it's a tough choice because it's expensive and needs a lot of studying. Good luck:) I'm also interested in human rights and community development. I studied communications and sociology , but I would like to study human rights at the graduate level. I've interned at several human rights organizations and I'm really interested in women's rights and refugee rights.
I welcome any suggestions and advice from you!

Have fun, looking forward to reading your journal posts!

Kizzie

Heather Camp's picture

Thank you

Kizzie-
Thank you for the warm, encouraging note. I've already had such a positive experience with PulseWire!

Out of curiosity, which organizations have you volunteered at? Also, have you thought about where you might like to attend graduate school? Columbia's International School - SIPA has some fantastic professors and classes focusing on human rights - as do many other programs, including CUNY (believe it or note). It helps that the UN is located in NY... so lots of professors there are drawn to the area for those connections and often their own personal consultation work and UN involvement.

Anyway, thanks again for the note. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Heather

Kizzie's picture

Hello Heather, Thanks for

Hello Heather,

Thanks for your reply!

I voluteered at STAR (teaching refugees English and Arabic)/ refugee film festival/helping in the rehabilitation of gang members from the refugee community/organizing plays and lectures to raise awareness about women's issues/ assisting an NGO with creating a database/helped out with the project CARE was doing.

I also had a few internships:) I did a lot as an undergraduate, I was always busy and exhausted at times, it was worth it!
I'm considering SIPA although it's too expensive for me, so I will try to get funding. I have to get funding actually. I'm in touch with a professor there, I'm a big fan of his writings, Mahmood Mamdani, I don't know if you are familiar with him.

Tell me more about your program. It sounds interesting too!

I'm hoping I can get a masters degree in human rights and then get a certificate in counseling psychology because I want to work with war victims and it helps if you have a solid psycho-social background,

Reem

Kizzie's picture

by the way, I just looked at

by the way, I just looked at the Cambodia project, wonderful!

Good luck!

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