Taylor Harley
Freshman, plan­ning to study behav­ioral neu­ro­science
Par­tic­i­pating in a summer intern­ship in Zambia

I am cur­rently working in the con­sular sec­tion of the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, where offi­cials deal with visa requests and other U.S. citizen-​​related issues including pass­ports, social secu­rity and birth cer­tifi­cates. (My mother works for the U.S. State Depart­ment, and I have pre­vi­ously worked in the con­sular sec­tion of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan.) The work here in Zambia is quite inter­esting, and it allows me to uti­lize sev­eral skill sets. My plan is to pursue a career in med­i­cine, and this job will help me hone crit­ical skills such as orga­ni­za­tion, time man­age­ment and communication.

Though I used to live in Morocco, this part of Africa is new to me and I am already hoping to arrange a co-​​op here next summer with the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, the U.S. Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment, Red Cross or Peace Corps. Not only are these oppor­tu­ni­ties related to med­i­cine, but they also offer me the chance to again work over­seas — par­tic­u­larly in a part of the world that is often over­looked, and where there are real health prob­lems to be worked on. We may talk about these prob­lems a lot, but a co-​​op like this would allow me to return here and actu­ally try to address them.

I ini­tially was attracted to North­eastern because of access to global expe­ri­ences, as well as its diverse campus. In par­tic­ular, I think the global expe­ri­ences that I’ve already had and hope to con­tinue having at North­eastern will help me become a more well-​​rounded person — someone who is acutely aware of the world and always learning about new cul­tures, inter­na­tional and polit­ical issues, lan­guages and global prob­lems. Even though I want to go into med­i­cine, I hope to take all of this knowl­edge and use it on an inter­na­tional level as much as I can.