My name is Sam Manning and I am a 20 year-old student of International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA. I love sports, traveling, good food, the beach, and my family.
I want to travel to as many places as I can while I am in school and I want to learn as much as possible about the world. I have been to various cities in the US, as well as Canada, Ecuador, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Chile, India and South Africa. Right now I am in Cape Town, SA for 4 months working with the South African Red Cross Society to start a sewing business that will employ dozens of poor mothers and provide quality blankets to disaster victims. I am also helping out part-time with a really innovative organization called TrashBack. Check out their website if you get a chance!
My academic and career interests have blended into one since I first travelled to the developing world when I was a junior in high school. My experience in Ecuador at that time opened my eyes to a different world and made me realize that there is so much to be explored. So many places to visit, people to meet, food to eat, music to hear, and problems to be solved. So, at Northeastern I have picked up a minor in Social Entrepreneurship and plan to add a second minor in African Studies when it becomes available. I find Africa the most interesting region of the world for a few reasons. First of all, it is diverse in so many ways; environmentally, historically, culturally, and politically. Each country has its own backstory, and its own current issues. This diversity draws me to the continent because you can never stop learning about a place that has so many stories. Secondly, Africans know more struggle than people of any other region of the world. Sub-saharan Africa annually ranks among the worst in virtually all human development indicators. Many countries lack proper infrastructure, some have corrupt leaders, and others are defeating themselves with civil war. But, when there is a problem, there is a solution, and the quest for solutions to problems regarding poverty is where my deepest passion lies.
With that blurb on Africa complete, I will connect my thoughts to the beginning of the last paragraph and say that since I want to learn all about the world, its problems, and solutions to them, I also hope to have an impactful career working to solve them. Where and how I will do this I don’t know, but I have a few dream-jobs in mind already.
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