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At the time of becoming a part of the IGGY family in 2010, I never knew how great and wonderful the experience would turn out to be. I attended IGGY’s last residential programme at Warwick spending some of the most memorable moments of my life and cultivating lifelong friendships during a two-week summer school. IGGY is not just simply learning about a subject but also about making new friends and opening up new avenues for the future.
I really believe that IGGY helped me in improving my confidence and provided a platform where I could show my abilities to the fullest. After the summer school, I applied and was selected for the Junior Commission and spent a further year working with likeminded students and academics while going on international trips to research and discover the world’s energy problems. I must say that these were some of the best experiences of my life.
The friendships I cultivated while being part of the IGGY family will stay with me for a lifetime. Amazingly, thanks to IGGY, today I have friends all over the globe. When I look back to my days at the residential programme and the Junior Commissioner, I only wish I could live them all over again. Today, I am pursuing my degree in Political Economy from King’s College London and the learning at IGGY has helped me achieve what a lot in terms of both academics and extra-curricular activities.
A large number of my friends from the summer school went on to join Warwick to pursue their higher education later on. Warwick has a fantastic campus with world-class academic reputation and facilities. Whenever I meet my juniors at high school for mentoring sessions, I always advise them to attend a residential programme especially a highly selective one such as IGGY. This I believe will not only help them develop their abilities, academic careers but also make them much more confident and well-rounded individuals.
One of my biggest achievements at IGGY was learning to work in a diverse, multi-cultural and an international environment. This has helped me work in diverse groups across the world. Recently, I returned from Somalia where I was working on a range of international development projects and now I am working remotely for UNDP while completing my degree here in London. IGGY certainly played a crucial role in developing my capabilities and nurturing my talents. I must say, that I am proud to be an alumnus of IGGY and the Junior Commission. Best of luck to all the new members and students, I am certain that like me IGGY will be a life changing experience for all of you.