Sukhbat Lkhagvadorj, Class of 2015

Major: Mathematics and Economics; Organization: 32nd public school; Location: Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Sukhbat Lkhagvadorj, Class of 2015

Since I grew up in this area myself, I have always wanted to give back to my community and help strengthen the public school system of Mongolia. I think this was a great opportunity to implement my idea in real life and help, other people that I grew up with, and truly gain an understanding for the root of this problem. As I am the first Mongolian student at Wesleyan, I believe that this is also a great opportunity to pave the way for other fellow students in Mongolia who are not lacking of a capability to learn but lacking of the opportunity to learn and achieve their life goals. It was not only my one summer experience but I also think it was my life experience.

I knew that I had pretty short time in Ulaanbaatar than I expected, so I had to start my work even before I flew back to Mongolia. I contacted construction workers and we planned to start renovating the library a day after I landed in Mongolia. I was constantly informing The Education and Management Academy of New Era (EMANE) on how the project is going and what we needed from the EMANE. As I was supervising the library renovation, I provided any additional constructional material as well as lunch for the workers. Also working closely with school teachers and student assembly were big parts of my job. As getting teachers' suggestions on the future events that will be held in the library, student assembly and I were working together on planning the future events such as upperclassmen helping with underclassmen with their homework and academic works.

Despite the fact that I am majoring in economics and mathematics, I believe that first hand work experience is invaluable and implacable experience for any type of work. Generally my career goals include understanding the problems of developing countries and helping them to solve their issues in an economically feasible manner. I think that working with students and school administration gave me a chance to see and solve issues that many public schools are facing in Mongolia. I am planning to go back and maintain the project during this winter break.