Global Youth Engagement Program
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Kristen Miller

Liberal Arts Major(s): Global and International Studies, Labor and Employment Relations/Labor and Human Resources, Latin American Studies, Spanish
Minor: Portuguese
Hometown: Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I facilitated weekly meetings with an international cohort of 10 youths to analyze complex social and environmental issues. My goal was to cultivate an international network of youths with a curiosity for solving problems in both local and global spheres. Our team established a mentorship program with workshops that empowered storytellers to identify and develop their skills related to professionalism, communication, and confidence. We also developed partnerships with organizations to discuss future plans, structural challenges, and technological tools that could improve project operations. Throughout the summer, I implemented community-building activities to foster positive relationships in a collaborative setting.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This project enhanced my skills related to time-management, group dynamics, leadership, and communication. Developing the digital magazine and mentorship program required hours of work each week. I had to balance my commitments and ensure that I had enough time to invest in the project. My project also taught me how to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds in a respectful and productive manner. These skills are essential in academic settings, especially when dealing with collaborative work.

"This project reaffirmed my desire to work in a multicultural, energetic environment."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience met my expectations for personal growth and professional readiness. It taught me about group dynamics since I had the opportunity to interact regularly with twelve storytellers from across the globe. We took part in weekly video calls to build rapport, plan deliverables, and delegate tasks. These meetings necessitated awareness, adaptability, and shared motivation in order to foster a strong team connection. I had to be observant and proactive in order to assess the needs of the group and guide them throughout the summer. This project reaffirmed my desire to work in a multicultural, energetic environment.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts has been supportive of my goals since I enrolled as a first-year. They have provided me with funding, research opportunities, mentorship, and incredible academic advisors to guide me.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program has supported me in all of my ambitions whether they be related to research, study abroad, or internships. I often read the weekly newsletter that PFP sends out to admitted students to discover inspiration and opportunities. Their emails are consistently full of educational and professional content for every interest and background.

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