Below you will find our scholar blog posts – they cover a variety of topics, from arriving in the U.S. to interning with a stellar company to post-graduation dreams.


Summer Internship: Adulting and Navigating Professional and Personal Life in D.C.

August 24, 2023
Theary Heang is currently attending Gettysburg College, class of 2024. Walking along the streets of the apartment complex neighborhood area in Arlington, Virginia, I felt the warm morning sun touching my face. My eyes scanned the new, unfamiliar blocks that would be my home for the summer. Upon arriving at the metro station, I joined many others waiting for the next subway train headed to the city center. While waiting for the train, I realized how calm and familiar I felt, moving about the metro, and figuring my way through the crowd, even though it was the first day of this fresh

Jel’s Journey to Rwanda

Jel Luma is currently attending Babson College, class of 2025.
May 10, 2023
The majority of African countries have poor healthcare systems, and the burden of COVID-19 has put an enormous strain on the health systems. I have always wondered how I could impact the health sector positively in Africa, especially in my home country, Liberia. To help educate people about COVID-19 back in my home country, my project team members and I created the "Safe Community, Healthy Lives" project to create a proper and resourceful awareness of COVID-19. The project's primary purpose was to ensure that all communities were safe from the virus, including people with health disabilities. Thinking of this, I

Year 1: Courage’s Reflection

Lucky "Courage" Ughweri is currently attending University of Portland, class of 2026.
May 5, 2023
Courage owning the spotlight As I am approaching the end of my freshman year, I can ALMOST say, 1 year down, 3 more to go! It is similar to the feeling you get when you finally check off something from your to-do list that has been there for quite a while. It feels both accomplishing and relieving simultaneously. My first year has been many things, but the first two words that come to mind when I think of it are eye-opening and fulfilling! Eye-opening because I quickly realized that the world no longer revolved around me as it did when

Shennel’s Five Steps to Leadership

Shennel Henries is currently attending University of San Francisco, class of 2024.
April 10, 2023
7:00 am: wake up, prepare breakfast, pack lunch, make tea, and morning routine in general. Commute about an hour to my internship at the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. 9:00 am starts with emails. Administrative work, meetings, and research during work time. Leave the internship at 5:00 pm. Commute “home” for about an hour. Talk to Mom and friends in between commutes. Make a light snack, sometimes take a nap when I arrive home, and prepare for class. 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm: Activism, Protest, and Social Movements class. After, return to the apartment for a home-cooked dinner. 10 pm- 11:30:

Navigating New Friendships With Sokvy

Sokvy Vin is currently attending University of Portland, class of 2025.
March 24, 2023
When I was in Cambodia, I knew that my journey to the U.S. through SHE-CAN is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I believed it is going to be a transformative time for me. However, it took me quite a bit of time to understand and feel the transformation I was experiencing. After spending three semesters at the University of Portland, one thing I have learned about myself is that making new friends and meeting new people is something I really enjoy doing and that has made a great impact in my life. Being born and raised in rural