Message From the Executive Director
September is upon us and it is the back to school period all over the world. In this edition of the newsletter, we have included a back to school wisdom section. Three articles that we hope will give IUGB students and others insights on choosing a major, internships and study tips. For those of us who are decades older than the average college student, we forget that it can be a period of excitement, possibilities as well as confusion and uncertainty. What should I major in? What will I be successful? Will I find a job after school? How long will I depend on my parents for my basic needs? I remember asking myself these questions two decades ago.

With some hindsight, here are three things what I have learned since graduating from college. First, do everything you can to earn experience while you are in school by looking for paid and unpaid work. I was the queen of internships. I looked for them everywhere. I went to Bolivia to build a dispensary (three weeks/unpaid). I traveled to Kenya (six months/unpaid) and work for the coastal development office in Mombasa. I worked for President Carter in Atlanta (six weeks/unpaid). I got paid to work in a photo shop, in an office as a receptionist, in the dormitory’s kitchen and cleaned windows and houses during the summers. By the time, I finished college, I had built a decent resume and was attractive to employers.

Second, although I have been lucky and I have had great bosses, if possible, please remember to choose the boss first and the job second. To put it another way, it is better to work for a bad company with a great boss than a great company with an awful boss. Bosses matter and they can make or break you depending on the kind of person he/she is. A boss can be supportive, tough but fair and even become a mentor. So, when you are interviewing, in addition to evaluating the job, think about if you can work for the person who will be your boss. With time, you will get better at identifying a good match.

Finally, get paid for doing what you love. It is important to be a hard and honest worker whether you like your job or not. Every employer deserves it. It is much easier to work hard and well when you love what you are doing. Then, it does not feel like work. I know this for a fact. When I am working in a job that truly fits my passion, my goals, my talents, I am happy to go to work every day and give it 150%. In the beginning, as you are figuring yourself out, work everywhere you can. Gain the money and the experience. With time, you will find your passion and work will be fun and fulfilling.

From my heart and mind,

Amini Kajunju  
Mariam Fofana is 2nd Consecutive IUGB/GSU Alumna to Receive Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship
The IUGB Foundation is delighted to announce that we have a second IUGB alumna who will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship from The Atlanta Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Students are chosen by the faculty of their business schools to be invited to membership in the society. To be eligible for invitation, students must be a) enrolled in a business program at a school accredited by AACSB International that has a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma; and b) be in the upper 10 percent of the junior class (second semester), upper 10 percent of the senior class, upper 20 percent of the graduating master's class, or completed all requirements to achieve a doctorate. 

In the Fall of 2017, Jean-Marcien Kablansi, another IUGB alumni, also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Atlanta Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.

A current Beta Gamma Sigma (Atlanta Chapter) member, GSU incoming graduate student Mariam Fofana was awarded a $1,000 scholarship check to help her with her upcoming Master's Program studies in Mathematical Risk Management. Mariam is an incoming Graduate Fall 2018 student. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Finance and Actuarial science with a 4.0 GPA and expects to graduate and receive her Master's Degree in the Fall of 2019. Besides attending University, Mariam is also serving as the Head of Business Development and International Partnerships at the Young Job Network in Cote d'Ivoire.    Taking full advantage of local internship opportunities, Mariam worked with Porsche Cars North America (Finance and Accounting) and Meals on Wheels (Development and Accounting).

We are very proud of Miriam's significant academic and career achievements, and we can't wait to see what she does with her Master's Degree in the future!
Building Brighter Futures, One Book at a Time

August 10, 2018 |  Tchonté Mireille Silue
I’m 24-years old, born and raised in Yopougon, Côte d’Ivoire. While working on my master’s degree, I developed an interest in education. My classes were interactive, where students worked on team projects to propose solutions to issues we noticed in some communities. I started to dream about an inclusive and interactive education system in Côte d’Ivoire that would create generations of problem-solvers rather than jobseekers.

To give back to my community after my master’s and to gain more experience in education, I started to teach part-time at my former university. With my first salaries, I could set up Centre Eulis.

Centre Eulis is an educational space aiming to help kids discover the world through books, outings, and educational workshops. We opened in April 2017 and currently have approximately 1,500 books.

I created it to provide an open learning space to the people of my neighborhood. Yopougon is mostly known for its bars and other drinking spaces, but it lacks spaces where kids can continue to learn after school. I want Centre Eulis to be that place where they will love to be and to learn. (Read more)
Back to School Success

Now is the time to break out of your same-old homework habits. Try these study tips and get the brain boost you need for back to school. (Read more)

We know that choosing a college major can be overwhelming.
But have no fear! Your choice of major will not lock you into a specific career for the rest of your life. That said, you WILL spend a lot of time whatever subject you choose. Here’s what you need to know about college majors before you commit. (Read more)

There's no such thing as the perfect internship. But you can figure out which one aligns best with your career goals, and then tap your own initiative to turn that internship into an experience that will grab the attention of future employers. (Read more)
Opportunities and Events
Oprah Winfrey Foundation African Women’s Public Service Fellowship 2019 for study in the USA (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2018

The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, expands the opportunity for African women to impact for public service in their home countries.

The Fellowship provides full tuition, fees, housing or a housing stipend (if enrolling in the Global EMPA program), travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses.

Fellowship recipients commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa. (Click here to apply)
Aspen Institute's New Voices Fellowship

The Aspen Institute's New Voices Fellowship is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals from the developing world. Candidates for the Fellowship are expected to have both a record of significant professional achievement and a desire to share their perspectives on global development with a broader international audience. The Fellowship is open by nomination only. ( Click here to apply )