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Student Spotlight – Walter Paul


 

Walter Paul

Carleton College, history and anthropology 

GSEF Fellows, Cohort 1

"I'm an impatient optimist and a peacefully rebellious Sudanese-Ugandan-American (citizen) from Omaha, Nebraska."


How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I'm an impatient optimist and a peacefully rebellious Sudanese-Ugandan-American (citizen) from Omaha, Nebraska that's powered by public service and an unconditional love for and unabashed commitment to the world's overlooked, forgotten, and disadvantaged vulnerable majority (women and children in the developing world).

What kind of research are you working on this summer? Who are you working with?

I'm at the University of Chicago. I'm looking at how peace-building can be integrated into South Sudan's school curriculum after its current civil war.

What have you learned so far?

Researching is a roller coaster ride with high highs, reversals, and adaptable lows. Our best course of action is to enjoy it for what it is and not be defeated by its challenges.

What part(s) of this experience will benefit you most? How so?

Here at U-Chicago we're just writing our proposals for the summer. This will help familiarize me with the core themes, issues, ideas, and scholars in my field.

What do you want your faculty mentor and/or university to remember about you?

I've changed my research topic 5 times. If my faculty manager and university can extract anything from that, it is that I'm often too curious for my own good.

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