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Taking Action Internationally

When I completed my Girl Scout Gold Award, Political Forum for Teens (P.F.T.), as a sophomore in high school I felt accomplished as though all my experiences and adventures in Girl Scouting had led to this. One of my adventures being to Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, Calif., where I rock climbed and built fond memories with about 11 other girls from across the U.S. for a week. An important experience I had as well was the opportunity to serve for my council as a girl representative at the 2005 National Girl Scout Convention held in Atlanta, Ga. This encouraged me to once again apply and then again be selected as a girl representative for the 2008 National Girl Scout Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind.

The plan, however, to be a girl representative was deferred when I received a letter from Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. informing me that I had been selected as a Young Women of Distinction, one of only ten in the nation, and would be honored at the 2008 National Convention. My varying experiences as a Girl Scout had thus prepared me for a successful four years of undergraduate study at Washington & Jefferson College, in Washington, Pa.

While at W&J College, I had many opportunities, but none were more rewarding than my year abroad at La Universidad de Pamplona located in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, and two Magellan Awards. The Magellan Award is an annual award in which W&J students write a proposal for funding, which is used for independent research projects. During my first Magellan I studied women empowerment through education in The Gambia, West Africa for about a month, traveling from urban Banjul to up-river or rural country. My second Magellan was to New Zealand where, traveling from the North Island to the South Island, I studied the reemergence of Maori language and culture in the country.

The leadership that I obtained through Girl Scouts helped me to be the independent and well-rounded person I am today. On May 18, 2013, I graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with my Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a minor in Spanish. From my travels and internships abroad and at home, I have decided to focus on Agribusiness. I will be working with  Eat ‘N Park Group, a local Pittsburgh Food Corporation. 

-Whitney Sims-Rucker

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 | Permalink