Monday, 12 June 2017

Leading the Way to a Green Future

Connor Round, SELA Cohort 2015

Connor Round is about to embark on a trip to Hawai’i with The GREEN Program, and shares his story in the first of a series of posts.

I’m soon to embark on a trip to Hawai’i with The GREEN Program. This two-week experience will see me delve into the world of sustainable food systems and energy. I’ll be attending lectures and site visits to develop a Capstone Project to deliver at this year’s World Youth Congress being held at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Each year the World Youth Congress brings together leaders from around the world to explore different themes, from poverty eradication to sustainable development.

Being a member of SELA has been so beneficial in my obtaining a place on such a competitive programme. The acceptance board were particularly impressed with my commitment to SELA and the foundational attributes of the scheme. With SELA my enterprising capabilities have increased, giving me the confidence to take on new opportunities, to bring about positive change. My vision to shape my future engineering career in a more sustainable way, due to my enhanced self-awareness, was also a deciding factor in my being accepted. This trip gives me the perfect opportunity to showcase all the attributes SELA have instilled in me, on an international stage.

Although the programme involves me doing a lot for other people, working on systems, methods and solutions for those less fortunate, it also offers me an amazing opportunity to put my leadership skills into practice. Working with people from different backgrounds is commonplace in my future career and The GREEN Program will provide me with helpful experience.

In order to attend such an opportunity, I’ve had to fundraise $4,500 for the program fee. I’ve been doing this in numerous ways: approaching businesses, friends, family and setting up a GoFundMe page (still open for donations, if you’d like to help!). I’ve very recently dyed my hair green (to keep with theme!) as I reached the £1,500 mark.

I’ll be heading off soon and I can’t wait to share my experience with everyone through this blog. So, keep your eyes peeled for more updates to follow.


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