IES Abroad: The theme of the 2019 Global Citizen of the Year application is all about finding your place in the world. How did studying abroad help you find yours?
Marie Salem (MS): I think in a couple ways, it gave me a realization or helped me find my place. I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I really liked the culture of Argentina, the area in general, and specifically, the language.
The other way it helped me find my place is it's the first time that I worked, specifically, in a slum at a maternal child center for nutrition and health. I have worked in nutrition before. I've worked with children before, and I've worked with mothers. But this is the first time that I've worked solely with mothers and the maternal child health center. I learned that I really loved this, and since then, that's been my focus going forward. So it really helped me find my place, what I want to do, what population I want to work with, and what type of work I want to do.