I graduated with a philosophy and psychology major two years prior. During exam time, I was much more devoted to the construction of the moat in my fraternity than to the tests which would ultimately result in the underwhelming grade point average with which I left UNC.
Now I find myself amidst 33,000 villagers who are convinced, after hearing me speak a paragraph in their language, I am going to completely change their lives. I guess it is a fair assumption, though; they have already changed mine.
I joined the Peace Corps in August 2010 in Uganda, just four weeks after receiving a formal invitation to be a water and sanitation engineer in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the past three months, I have devoted myself to a crash course in life skills and one of the most intense language courses offered anywhere in the world.
After swearing in at the Ambassador’s house, I headed out to eastern Uganda where I work with Health Center II inside of a Catholic diocese.
Overall, there is nothing exceptional about my abilities or talents. I came with a new perspective. No different than if a Ugandan came to America, I am bringing a new perspective from what is, in essence, a completely different world.
I have seen now the amazing spark which a new perspective can give a village.