Emily Kyte ’17, a geography major and Arabic minor, left her comfort zone far behind to study abroad in Amman, Jordan this past spring semester. With support from Lynk-funding, she has taken on a new challenge this summer and is making a difference in the lives of refugees, working as an intern for Alhadaf, a non-profit in the Hashemite Kingdom that serves marginalized populations through education, training, psychosocial support services, and medical campaigns. So far this summer, she has designed and taught an ELL (English Language Learner) course for Iraqi refugees, worked with logistics and translation at a health clinic, and is helping to open a new community space for refugees. She writes to us from Jordan:
Arielle Derival '17, a Miami, FL native and Posse Scholar, is the student-dining manager for the Rockefeller and Torrey dining halls. An Africana and Spanish double major with a Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights nexus minor, Derival seeks to incorporate her passion for service in every aspect of her undergraduate experience. As a manager, she is developing key leadership skills, mastering how to take initiative, improving her communication skills, and working alongside others to accomplish goals. Rebecca San Juan '17, the Career Development Center's Experiential Learning Journalist, writes more about Arielle's leadership experience:
Posse scholar Arielle Derival ’17 points the swivel spout to the dirty dish in her hand... Student workers filed in and out of the damp room, past the shelves of Honeycrisp apples, Sunkist oranges, and ripening pineapples, and received their orders from Derival. They worked in union to be out by 8 p.m.
Work in dining services is required of all first-year students on work-study. Derival spent her first year at Mount Holyoke College working in the Abbey-Buckland dining hall. She juggled the typical responsibilities: swiping OneCard I.D.s, scrubbing dishes, and clearing dirty silverware. She was prompt and worked efficiently. She secured additional shifts at Prospect in order to earn more money.