Born in Taiwan and grew up in Japan and Jamaica, traveling and experiencing different cultures was something Lydia Carr was immersed in from a young age. Carr recently graduated summa sum laude from Howard University with a Bachelors of Science in Health Management. While at Howard, she studied abroad to London and Jamaica on the Health Practice and Policy Program in Fall 2016. Carr was enthralled with the work IES does for both its students and host countries that she became an IES student ambassador (2017- 2018). In this role, she participated in activities on and off her college campus and was even given the opportunity to present to the IES board of directors. In March earlier this year. Recently, carr was selected as one of the IES ambassadors of the year for the year 2018.
Bitten by the travel bug, from her study abroad days Carr wanted to travel more. Subsequently, during her senior year of college, she participated in Howard University Alternative Spring Break(ASB) to Haiti. This trip brought back fond memories of her IES days. Thanks to all her traveling and volunteering Carr was presented with the Howard University Nursing and Allied Health Science Community Service And Leadership Award. Interested in global health, Lydia is currently a Grants Coordinator Administrator at the Henry M Jackson Foundation in Bethesda Maryland. This non-profit whose mission is for the advancement of Military medicine not only for military use but also for civilians alike globally.
Read below to find out a bit more about Lydia:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
London and Jamaica
What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?
Haiti, because many of the stigmas attached to the country were eliminated. I was able to experience different sides of Haiti in different settings. I saw the rich culture and proud heritage that the Haitians carry in them, overall it added to my holistic development and was an experience I will always remember.
What is the one item you can't travel without?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I participate in outreach activities in my community and planning possible global trips that may or may not happen.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Everything will work out in the end
Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.
I was fluent in Japanese at the age of 5 and forgot the language by the age of 10.
Stonehenge, Salisbury- UK - Fall 2016