I have exciting news. News that some family, a few friends and a handful of coworkers are awaiting to hear.
Dates and details have to be worked out, but this is going to be an amazing and life-changing experience.
As noted on the website: The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers.
I learned about this program in late June while attending some local Rotary meetings with my dean, Dr. James Rourke. He was a guest presenter talking about the exciting developments we have in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition to an expansion to our medical school, we will soon have a new genetic research centre. After Dr. Rourke completed his presentation and attendees started to trickle out, a few Rotarians encouraged me to submit an application for the GSE.
It was a little crazy that week as I was cluing up a few things at work before taking two weeks of vacation, but I was able to put together a strong application package. A few weeks later, I was contacted by our Rotary district GSE coordinator letting me know that I was amongst a group of applicants selected for in person interviews.
I’m so appreciative to the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, District 7820 and the amazing Rotarians there who took time out of their busy days to speak with me prior to my application submission and also before my interviews this past weekend in Halifax. I suddenly have a new network of amazing leaders who are doing great things in our community and are contributing to a greater good on a global scale.
This was exciting, but unexpected news and it has happened so quickly. I feel truly blessed and fortunate to be selected for this program that will help build my professional skills, broaden my cultural perspective, and allow me to learn new things about myself. Not only will I have a chance to possitively impact communities in Taiwan, but I will be able to bring back what I have learned when I return to St. John’s, NL.
I believe this will be an adventure of personal and professional growth.
You never know what can happen and how quickly life can change. When submitting my application for the GSE, I felt that there was nothing to lose, but potentially so much to gain. That pretty much sums up how I feel right now.