Vacation time!… What to do? What to do?
Opportunities for graduate students during pandemic and non-pandemic periods
When packing my suitcases to do my Master’s in Engineering and Management at MIT, I was not just thinking about which classes I was going to take, but also about what I was going to do over the vacation period.
Three months of summer vacation is a lot of time to travel around the world. At that time, I was not even considering an internship because I knew that I had my entire life to work, and it was a time to enjoy myself.
During my first winter vacation (a.k.a., MIT Independent Activities Period), January 2020, I had the opportunity to go to Ghana through MIT MISTI (MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives). I taught robotics and basic electronics at Wesley Girls High School, a public school four hours away from the capital of Ghana.
It was inspiring to see the students creating electronics projects that improve the lives of others and make their day-to-day tasks easier. I am happy to have had the opportunity to inspire more girls to pursue careers in technology.