The Envision Global Forum (ISLP) provides such an amazing opportunity to develop and mature through experience and education. I found the program not only intellectually stimulating, but hugely inspiring. I went to Washington, DC and New York and was given the incredible opportunity to visit [the] National Institute of Health, to see the Statute of Liberty, to experience the 4th of July fireworks in New York, to bike ride through Central Park, and to visit the many memorials in Washington, DC, as well as snacking on a Philadelphia cheese steak in Philadelphia.
I was lucky to be given the opportunity to hear fantastic speakers, including a Nobel Prize nominee, the CEO and founder of a children's HIV summer camp and a filmmaker focusing on women’s health issues in Africa. By going on a trip like this, you have the chance to experience the “real world.” Not only [will you] learn about your host country, but also from myriad other scholars. I was given the chance to enhance my public speaking skills at the New Jersey Medical School and engage in small group projects with scholars from all over the world.
It is a journey that will take you outside your comfort zone at times, but one thing is for sure, you will emerge a better, well-rounded person as a result. It is difficult to describe the journey; the good thing is you have some amazing people with whom you will always share the experience. To be given the chance to learn about another culture, make new lifelong friends and become inspired for your future career is one nobody should pass up.