Attending the 2015 Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation conference at Yale was truly an amazing opportunity. I did not know what to expect at the conference, but any expectations I did have were surpassed. From the many great talks to interactive workshops, there was something every hour for everyone. I personally loved the diverse talks that were offered, I attended talks about social entrepreneurship, some about developing water technology, and others about sustainable farming. Being able to plan your own schedule allowed for inclusion a little bit of everything in your day. It was a great experience, and being surrounded by so many of my peers enhanced the amazing learning experiences. I met a lot of new people in the health studies program, and being able to exchange stories and learn from one another made the trip that much more memorable. Being a fourth year student, connecting with younger students was also really awesome, seeing why they were at the conference and talking with them about our own program was another opportunity to help students collaborate together.
As a health studies student, learning about the variety of areas our health system needs improvement has always been at the forefront of my courses. However being surrounded by the people who have been where we are now, learned about what needs to be fixed, and applying it in a global contact was very inspiring. I know I also learned a lot about myself and I will be able to apply what I learned to my own future. I
realized certain areas really interest me, and better understand how to apply what I’ve learned in a work and school environments. Being at Yale was also a great opportunity, and one I would probably never of had the chance to experience if I didn’t attend the conference.
It was also the first conference I had attended, and my first time at an Ivey league school, and being at Yale surrounded by some of the greatest leaders in global health at such a prestigious school was very inspiring. I can confidently say I will remember this experience as a highlight of my undergrad.