Student of the Week

Helen Abigo

Hometown: Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
Age: 28
Major/Minor: MBA in International Business
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2012
A Favorite Movie: “The Notebook”
If you could have anything in the world, what would you want?
I’d have my mother come back to life.

Helen Abigo was nominated as student of the week for her involvement in the community. She is currently volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor for kids at public schools.

Last summer, she interned for the United Nations in the staffing unit of the human resources department. She was responsible for job postings to fill vacancies, checking job qualifications, performing background checks, and responding to inquiries from new hires.

Q – How did you learn about this internship?
A – I saw the job opening online and applied. I have always been interested in the United Nations and I am a part of Junior Chamber International. It has partnership with the U.N. Fortunately, I got in because they got like 7,000 applications and only accepted 200.

Q – What did you learn from your internship?
A – I learned to work with different people with different cultural background. Interns had an opportunity to meet representatives of different countries that are members of the U.N. I learned to accept people with diverse backgrounds.

Q – What was your favorite part of the internship?
A – Shaking hands with the Secretary-General of the U.N., Ban Ki-moon.

Q – What has been your favorite volunteer experience so far?
A – I used to volunteer at an orphanage for disabled children in Nigeria. I organized parties and raised funds to fix their buildings. The volunteers and I also taught them about thinking about the future, going to school and planning for a career, because these kids were too preoccupied with just eating for tomorrow.

Q -What are you planning on doing after you get your degree?
A – I hope to work in an international organization and make some money. I also want to go back to Nigeria sometimes. I want to work here for a while to get experience and then go back to Nigeria, hopefully to recruit more people to help take care of the orphanage. I would really like to work for non-profit to help women and children in developing countries and make the world a better place.

Q – What advice would you give to Newman students?
A – I think students should follow their dreams and broaden their horizons. There’s a whole big world out there. Students shouldn’t only see Wichita.

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