This experience has forced me to step out of my comfort zone, and has better developed me as a student and as a person.
Ms. Chloe Abraham, MEIG Graduate 2020-2021
Before I started the programme, I honestly did not know what I was going to expect. I had an idea based on what I read on the website and watching the testimonial videos of former MEIG participants; however, I was still nervous and anxious about it. By the first hour of the first day, all my worries were gone and from then on all I felt was excitement. I was excited to meet new people of very diverse backgrounds, learn more about Geneva and all the international organizations here, learn more about Europe, governance, and everything else that the program had to offer. The 10 modules definitely expanded my knowledge on all the topics and issues that were covered, such as international trade, the UN, the European Union, etc., and of course have introduced new things to me, as well. That is all thanks to the amazing lecturers that we have had the opportunity to hear from. What made this learning experience so great was getting to interact with not just professors, but also with diplomats and various international organizations. It would have been even better if our interactions were not virtual, but I was still able to learn a lot from our sessions. This experience has forced me to step out of my comfort zone, and has better developed me as a student, person, and, hopefully, future diplomat. I was fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing and passionate classmates, who were always willing to help me with anything I needed help with, whether it was proof reading my reports or how to get my residence card. I hope that after this program that we will continue to be in touch and continue to help each other in our future endeavours. I believe that the MEIG Programme has set a solid foundation for me to work towards becoming a leader in my country, the Marshall Islands. Not many people in there are fortunate enough to be part of a programme like this, let alone have the opportunity to study in Europe, but I hope I can help pave the way for more young students like me to be able to have experiences like this.