Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SFU-Douglas Degree student strives to make a difference

Do you really need an education to help you reach your goals?

At the age of 19, Anoop Virk has already connected with some of the most influential movers and shakers in the world (Chelsea Clinton; Stephen Harper; William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; plus an anticipated meeting with Ndaba Mandela).

She’s cofounded Project H.E.L.L.O, which connects Downtown Eastside residents with long-lost family members, and is founder and president of Project L.O.V.E, an initiative that promotes global gender equality.

Project L.O.V.E is currently building a school in Zambia that will be 50 percent girls. But Anoop knows that completing her education will take her even further.

A second-year student in the SFU-Douglas Degree Program, Anoop is getting her bachelor’s in international studies.

She says after visiting developing countries and seeing how little schooling many girls receive, she realized that getting an education was key to making a difference. 

“I want to help as many people as I can,” Anoop says . “And in order to become the person I want to be, I need an education. 

“If I want to be this leader, if I want to be this woman who inspires young girls, I think it’s important for me to get educated in a number of areas, learn to think more critically and get broader insight into the world.”

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