¡Help Ryan Take on Oaxaca!
Organized by: Ryan Jackson
April 06, 2016
Hola a todos! When I think of those that have provided inspiration and support throughout my life, I think of you. Thank you. My level of self autonomy and motivation has grown exponentially in the past 8 months as I decide my classes and course of education. I am writing to you today to ask for your financial assistance in fulfilling my desire to spend part of my summer studying in Oaxaca, Mexico.
My parents have given me so much throughout my life and I am so grateful for their support in every way. They have set an example of open-mindedness and exploration and allowed me to discover and define my own time and make my own decisions. It has been my curiosity in the sciences, community service, as well as our family travels that have created a foundation for my interest in global public health.
I would like to continue my quest for greater socialization, and for seeking similarities in people across the world by studying abroad this summer. This helps improve my self-reference criteria and appreciation of diverse cultures.
Howard University has welcomed me with open arms into a similar space of diversity and acceptance and I could not be more happy or honored to be a student at this historic institution. As a School of Business student, I am a member of the Executive Leadership Honors Program. I have obtained and presently maintain a 4.0 GPA while being a member of the Women's Flag Football team, President of my School of Business class, the Local Elections Chair for the Spring 2016 elections, and a member of the American Marketing Association.
I have studied Spanish for 7 years and I want to make the step from working proficient to fluency by immersing myself in the language and culture. When I heard about the Oaxaca (pronounced wa-hah-kah), Mexico program that Howard offers in partnership with alum, Walter Hosey Jr. I immediately applied. After my acceptance, my mother and I talked about what an incredible opportunity this would be and with my savings and my parents’ contribution, I have covered 50% of my expenses!
There is nothing like a worldly education in context and I am looking forward to spending 5 weeks in this mild-climate-city in Mexico best known for its indigenous people and culture. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and is located about 300 miles south of Mexico City. There, along with 29 other Howard students, I will participate in intercambios by speaking with students of the local school every day after my classes.
I cannot wait to return to my home after the trip and find my communication abilities expanded to include millions of people. Not only will I be an asset to whatever organization I join later in life, I will be an asset to all of the people I can assist on my journey to decreasing health disparities around the world.
Please consider donating to my fund and thank you so much for your support of my personal growth at this moment in my life.