Well-being in a healthy world: personal responsibility and global health.
Oh I got accepted on a full scholarship! This is such a wonderful opportunity and I’m so excited to embark on this journey of a lifetime.
Below is the itinerary:
Monday: Is our own well-being a factor in how we can bring about positive change in others?
Tuesday: Helping refugees — a global crisis?
Wednesday: Social Entrepreneurship: Informatics and Healthcare
Thursday: The social implications of an aging population
Friday: Meet the change makers, Inspiring biographies
I think the one thing that truly increased my awareness of being a global citizen during the IBWSC was the people. The students from various parts of the world, who signed up and showed up for the conference.
A majority were very driven and passionate about the topics at hand which made for fruitful discussion that in some ways opened my mind to the different approaches that one can take in solving any one problem. It was definitely inspiring to watch and to participate in the discussions, despite how short-lived the conference was.
The greatest take away for me would be the fact that I realized that I have a great responsibility to not only my hometown, or my country but the world in its entirety. There’s so many ways to give back, so many ways to make someone’s world a better place. However, this is only possible if one chooses to care and to think critically about a problem in order to come up with a meaningful and sustainable project.
Moreover, all of this sounds good on paper but putting it into action is definitely going to be the hardest bit. But through this conference, I learned that I should not accept that things are difficult, or static or hard. I am not denying that there will be challenges but passion is what will drive you forward.
Hence, I hope to take a gap year in which I work with schools in my hometown to further discussions about mental health. Mostly because this was the topic that really stood out for me and seemed most doable due to the fact that mental health issues are considered taboo topics.
If you’re depressed or are suffering from anxiety people will say “Just cheer up!”, without realizing how hard it is for one to overcome depression. I would like to make schools spaces in which students are aware of the issue and can find various support systems within campus to talk about what ails them. I haven’t quite figured out the logistics but it’s definitely something I’d like to work on in the next year or so.
Some more pictures: