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Update Monica Arac de Nyeko, October 2014

1. What are you currently doing?
I am the External Relations Fundraising Specialist for UNICEF in Ghana

2. How does your life look like these days? Could you describe a typical day for you? Are you married? Do you have children? Where do you live? etc.
I start work at about 7:30 am. I spend the rest of the day working with my colleagues on fundraising issues and public advocacy strategies for children’s issues in Ghana. I live in Accra. My daughter is now eight months old.

3. What are your ambitions? Do you have a goal?
I am working towards completing my novel in my private time. And with UNICEF, I am working towards improving the lives of children, ensuring that every child gets a fair and best start in life.

4. How did you experience your study program?I learned a lot and really enjoyed my time at Groningen University.
It was interesting to experience Dutch culture both professionally and on a day to day basis outside of the university and in turn apply the lessons to my own life.

5. What was your biggest learning moment? What impact had studying in Groningen on your professional and personal life? What were the challenges and what did you learn from them?
I failed an examination for the first time in my life at Groningen University basically because I am was not serious and took the preparations for granted. I did not enjoy failure so I spent a good part of the programme making sure it did not happen ever again if I could help it. That was my first real encounter with failure.

6. What do you miss most about Groningen? And what do you remember most?
I miss the farmer’s market. It was such fun. The prices were good and the sellers were kind and interesting - generous too. I always got great deals on the chicken, smoked fish and vegetables.

7. What did you think of the way of life and the culture in the Netherlands? Did any habits you picked up here, stuck?
Reliability, focus and humility. I continue to aspire to cultivate these qualities today with varying levels of success on a day to day and year to year basis.

8. What was it like returning back home (or leaving Groningen)?
I never returned back home at least not permanently. Groningen was the start of my international life and it has been great. I do feel a bit disconnected from home as I return once or maybe twice a year only but I know that the work I do here and whenever I have been is important.

9. Anything else?
My life is great. I would not have it any other way.

Monica

Laatst gewijzigd:14 januari 2015 16:17