Chelsea Walker

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University of Pittsburgh | Greensburg

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International Experience Summary:

Chelsea Walker knew that when the day that she had her interview for the Vira I. Heinz scholarship arrived, that it was a day that would change her life forever.  The day she departed for London, England on May 18, 2010, came and went in a blink of an eye.  Chelsea lived in London for six weeks studying popular culture of Britain and interning at Hornsey School for Girls’.  At Hornsey, she worked with the Positive Behavior Support Team.  Chelsea was assigned to work with eight girls.  Many of them she tutored and others she provided friendship and emotional support.  Chelsea traveled an hour everyday to see these girls.  Being able to meet them and get to know these girls on such a personal level was life changing for Chelsea.  Her three supervisors, Sharife, Davinia and Marcia, are to this date women she will always look up to.  Living in the heart of London in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea got a great sense of what the hustle and bustle of city life is like.  Chelsea had traveled to several cities in England including Salisbury to visit Stonehenge, one of her many things to see in person rather than in books or on a television screen.  It was not until when Chelsea returned home that her journey across the Atlantic would mean so much to her.  The people and places that she had seen and met put her in the direction towards a greater sense of what she wants to do with the rest of her life and most importantly who she is.

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CEE Title: Poverty Awareness Art Exhibit