Congratulations to Global Leader Scholarship recipient Adanna Amaechi from the Society chapter at Montclair State University.
Adanna Amaechi grew up in Nigeria, where she witnessed the effects of corruption and substandard health-related services. That experience propelled her to study public health (with a minor in economics) at the undergraduate level so she could understand the correlation between inappropriate allocation of resources and barriers to development. Adanna’s career goal is to promote civic empowerment and engagement as an intervention to address social development challenges.
As one of our Global Leader Scholarship recipients, the Society provided Adanna the opportunity to attend the 2015 Transparency International School on Integrity (TISI) program. The program took place July 6-12, at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania. The School on Integrity is a division of Transparency International, “a global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption that brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastation impact of corruption on men, women, and children around the world.”
This opportunity piqued Adanna’s interest because it is known for generating leaders who are passionate about solving problems that initiate change. The program's curriculum was comprised of lectures, seminars, training, discussions, field trips, film screenings, and social events.
While attending the TISI program in Vilnius, Adanna wrote about her experiences, and we are excited to share part one of her story with you today.
Dear NSLS Community,
Yesterday marked the beginning of my study abroad experience in Vilnius, Lithuania, where I am participating in the Transparency International School on Integrity program. Transparency International is an organization pioneering the global anti-corruption movement, and the School on Integrity aims to teach anti-corruption mechanisms to leaders. This year’s participants are from 60 countries—a very diverse group indeed.
Lectures are attention-grabbing, and I am particularly enjoying the one-hour morning sessions where, in small groups, we recap important ideas from previous lectures or discuss issues that we will cover in an upcoming lecture. Today, we attended a reception at the Embassy of Finland in Vilnius, where I networked and enjoyed an assortment of Finnish cuisine.
Adanna Amaechi at the Transparency International School on Integrity, in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The ambassador of Finland to Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Harri Mäki-Reinikka, and Adanna Amaechi
Having participated in a previous study abroad experience, I understand the challenges associated with adapting to a new country/culture. The Society taught me to embrace unfamiliar situations with a positive perspective, ask questions, and seek support from people who share the same concerns as me. I am confident that if I leverage these aforementioned skills, I will adapt quickly and have a meaningful experience here in Lithuania.
Seek rich experiences!
Bye for now,
Click here to read Part Two.