Last weekend, the African Student Association here at Calvin was given the opportunity to attend an African Youth Empowerment conference at Yale University.
The conference was hosted by a group called Yale Association for African Peace and Development (YAAPD). This year, the conference's theme was Ubuntu: Collaboration for African Development. The conference comprised of different panels which included a bunch of keynote speakers, an African market and of a banquet & dance party to end it all.
I am one to research about speakers for a conference before attending. I did so per usual and was extremely inspired by that they had done with their lives. So much, I started think of what I could do to help my own country.
Things only got worse after the conference—a 'better' type of worse. I actually started wondering if I chose the wrong major. Don't get me wrong, engineering is fun and would definitely pay the bills, but there are a lot of people who need to be helped, and to do so you need to understand a number of things.
As you can tell, the conference was very effective. I was aware and hope to create more awareness among my peers. Also, I was encouraged and inspired. Hopefully that fire doesn't die out.