I am originally from a small town in Monmouth County, New Jersey, but I have loved all of the opportunities I have had to travel since my time at Cornell. This past summer, I interned in Charlotte, North Carolina and in the fall semester I studied in Washington D.C. I love to travel and I cannot wait to go abroad and immerse myself in India's fine culture.
What excites me the most about SVYM is the opportunity to truly have an impact in another society. I am elated to have this experience, and I am hoping to learn a lot about myself and to explore many of my interests.
Hi! My name is Anant S. and I’m a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in Biological Sciences, concentrating in General Biology and minoring in Global Health. I am very excited to be a part of this program and work with my fellow Cornellians and members of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement through the GSL program.
Hi, my name is Annika Bjerke, and I am currently a sophomore in the college of Arts and Sciences. I am majoring in Anthropology, specifically concentrating in medical anthropology, and minoring in both global health and art history. Through this combination of interdisciplinary studies, I hope to pursue a career in health policy with a unique cultural lens provided by a study in human society, customs and beliefs. In my spare time I am a Museum Educator at the Johnson Museum of Art, captain of the club swim team, work as a lifeguard on campus, and serve on the policy and standards board of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
I have a particular interest in gender inequalities as they are connected to health and education opportunities for women, and through this program I hope to gain experiential knowledge and understanding of how this is related to India.I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with SVYM, and I am so excited to spend the summer in Mysore, India!
My name is Autumn F. and I am from Anacortes, Washington. I am a current sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations. I am looking forward to expanding my horizons this summer in India all the while doing my best to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.
On Cornell’s campus I work to spread awareness and seek the prevention of the commercial sexual exploitation of children as Treasurer of Students Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth. In addition, as a chair member of Cornell Colleges Against Cancer, I assist in the coordination of Relay for Life and its efforts to fight back against cancer. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to not only experience a rich and vibrant culture, but to utilize my time and abilities to serve the truly altruistic organization that is the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement.
Caroline M., GH '19
Hi! My name is Caroline Motzer and I am a current sophomore at Cornell University studying International Agriculture and Rural development with minors in Soil Science and Global Health. My hometown is Seattle, Washington although this past summer my family and I recently moved to South Carolina. I have heard many great things about this program and cannot wait to begin my journey with SVYM and the other students going on this trip.
Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the Cornell Women’s Varsity Rowing team, a CALS ambassador, a youth leader for Education Across Borders and a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. I have a strong interest in international agriculture and throughout my studies I have found that lifestyle, health, agriculture and policy are all interconnected. I cannot wait to explore these ideas and apply them in a more healthcare specific setting.
My name is Clare M. I am a rising sophomore in the ILR School and hope to pursue minors in Business as well as Design and Environmental Analysis. I cannot wait to learn more about the work that SVYM does in India and hope it will help inform my career decisions. While unsure what career path I will follow, I know it will involve helping local communities in some form or another. Outside of class, I connect with alumni and raise money for Cornell University through the Cornell Annual Fund. I like to journal, sketch, watch documentaries, and create computer graphics. I also enjoy attending yoga classes and hope to eventually teach yoga to traditionally underserved groups, especially the elderly, children, those with disabilities, and those who cannot afford yoga studio classes in their communities.
This summer, I hope to learn more about SVYM and the impact that it has on the community that it serves. I also hope to learn about ways I can help their efforts even after the summer is over. Finally, I cannot wait to immerse myself in the culture and way of life in India.
On campus I engage in public health projects by working with GlobeMed at Cornell and Planned Parenthood Generation Action. Last summer I worked at NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, where I participated in the research side of public health projects. In India, I look forward to having a more hands-on role on SVYM’s projects. In addition to working on the projects, I am also excited to travel, experience a new culture, and take classes in India.
My name is Meaghan and I am a sophomore in the ILR School pursuing minors in Business and Inequality Studies. I am very excited for the opportunity to participate in service learning in India this summer!
On campus, I work in the ILR Office of Career Services as the Marketing and Communications Assistant/Peer Advisor and the Balch Hall Womyn's Center as an ambassador. I am also involved in Cornell Class Councils, Society for Human Resource Management, the SchoolGirl Project, and ILR Ambassadors. Last summer I was a High Road Fellow placed at an education non-profit called Say Yes to Education Buffalo. I am looking forward to exploring education and health through a global context and immersing myself in all that this experience has to offer.
My name is Nicolas Hernandez and I’m honored to be part of the India GSL Cornell team for 2017. I’m a sophomore transfer student into the School of ILR and originally from Downey, California in the Los Angeles county. I spent my first year at Boston University where I had my first experience of life on the East Coast, so I’m no stranger to the snow! I’m interested in the role of nonprofit organizations and their effects on the community around them, which is why I made the transfer into ILR. I’ve also gained some interest into the idea of management consulting but that career path was unheard of to me until I came to Cornell.
I am currently a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in Biology & Society while pursuing a minor in Global Health. I am on the pre-medical track, and I was born and raised in Burbank, CA. On campus, I assist in research with the Seguin Research Group, where I am currently focused on the physical activity levels of residents in rural areas. I am also a Cornell Tradition Fellow, the Co-Philanthropy Director of Kappa Alpha Theta Iota Chapter, the Vice President of Impact Dance Troupe, and a member of the Order of Omega, a Greek honor society. I hope to one day work in the medical field, and in my spare time I enjoy traveling and being with my friends. As someone who is very interested in the cultures and health systems of countries all around the world, I am very excited to be in India and working with SVYM!
My name is Winnie H. and I'm a Biology major (neurobiology concentration) in Arts & Sciences with double minors in Global Health and Inequality Studies. I truly enjoy learning about the different facets of community health and development and am truly excited to go to Mysore and learn with SVYM. Health is a vast field and contains complicated issues that allow for many different areas of exploration. In addition, India is an incredible country with a rich culture, history, and dynamic future and I cherish the opportunity to further develop my interests there. I am looking forward to learning how SVYM operates, how complex health issues are handled, and seeing more of the world.