Micaela Arneson has been named Rotary District 7710 first Global Scholar and will begin her studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in September. Micaela was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chapel Hill.
Micaela received a BA from the University of North Carolina in December, 2015 with a double major in Political Studies and Global Studies. As a student at UNC she completed a semester of the University of Heidelberg majoring in global studies. Her goal at the University of Edinburgh is a Masters of Science Degree in International Development. She has over three years of internship experience with domestic and international non-profit organizations working in community development and poverty alleviation.
Her ultimate goal is to work with non-profit organizations in impoverished regions to help identify and strengthen programs and strategies that best enable economic and community development.
While in Scotland she will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Tranent, Scotland.
Things are going really well here! My courses are challenging but very interesting, and the professors are incredible lecturers. The cohort for my program is quite large (we’re about 70), and from extremely diverse backgrounds. It’s a fun, collaborative, supportive environment here.
Aside from my courses, I’m involved in the university chorus and have joined the rowing team. The other Rotary scholars and I have met up a few times, and we got together with Ian Geddes (PDG) and his wife, Olive (DG). They’re lovely! Although we have not been to a club meeting, the support and assistance from our sponsors and other club members has been fantastic.
Last month, I went to Rotary’s annual Link Weekend, for scholars studying across Great Britain and Ireland. About 50 of us met at the headquarters in Alcester, and were treated to some really helpful sessions on the history of Rotary, important cultural differences between the UK and our countries of origin, and leadership and presentation skills. We were also given the opportunity to network with one another, and some of us stayed the weekend with Rotary members and their families. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the organization and people’s individual experiences as members.
In other Rotary news: this Wednesday, I will be attending an International Night hosted by the Edinburgh Club for the 2016/17 Global Scholars. And this weekend, the other scholars and I will be going to the district conference in Harrogate! I’m looking forward to meeting more club members and participating in the weekend’s events. I will be sure to send details of both events in my next update.