Students Gain Hands-on Experience Through Power of Experience Grant
Inspired by her clinical shadowing experience in Kabale, Uganda, Monika Woldegiorgis '20 is eager to begin changing people’s lives through the medical field.
“I have gained significant insight into how Uganda’s healthcare professionals are working to enhance women's and children’s health,” said Woldegiorgis, who is a neuroscience major. “I have seen what is working and what needs improving.”
Woldegiorgis participated in a global health experience that was comprised of a series of lectures on maternal and child health, and a shadowing opportunity at the region’s clinics. She was among several students who pursued immersive experiences last summer through the Power of Experience Grant.
With 65 applications currently approved, more students are actively experiencing what it means to apply their learning in the classroom to hands-on, real-world situations. These experiences are crucial in preparing students for life after Knox—to think critically and creatively, adapt to new technologies, and navigate today's interdependent and interconnected world.
The Power of Experience Grant helps students fund additional expenses that are often associated with research or creative work, internships, community service, and study abroad. The grant provides all incoming Knox students with up to $2,000 to support a qualifying experiential learning opportunity during their junior or senior year.
Woldegiorgis says that she wouldn't have been able to study abroad without assistance from the grant. “The experience has really helped reform my thoughts and ignited an irresistible desire to help those that need it most. This was only possible through the Power of Experience Grant that helped finance this experience,” she said.
Photo above: Emily McParland '21 examines a marine animal during an immersion course in Maine. Below: Jordyn Hall '21 at her clinical shadowing experience in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Here is a sampling of student experiences that were funded by the Power of Experience Grant:
Published on November 15, 2019
by Shruti Mungi '19