We’re thrilled to announce that one of our 2011 alumni Sharmila has been selected for an exchange semester at SookMyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. Sharmila will be there from March to June. She is currently majoring in public health at Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. At SookMyung, she is exploring diverse courses like Social Entrpreneurship, Business Startup, NGOs in developing countries and Korean traditional dance.
Sharmila is passionate about the idea of merging public health and entrepreneurship together. This summer, she and her batch mates are going to conduct a summer project in Nepal as a part of the curriculum. Sharmila says, “We are planning to conduct research on a village in Gorkha to understand and improve school girls of age 13-15’s knowledge about menstruation. We aim to teach them how to make cheap and eco friendly sanitary pads and analyse if they find it comfortable to use such pads as well encourage them to use it regularly.”
Sharmila shares, “Living in Kathmandu, Chittagong, and Seoul, it has been a very thrilling experience so far exploring the three diverse cities. It is a different feeling even walking on the streets. For instance, in Chittagong, society is conservative and there is a look of surprise on people’s faces when they see me walking alone in jeans. Here in Seoul, everybody is in their own world and nobody stares at me. I am also really impressed at how organized the transportation system is here. I am very excited to spend the rest of my time here at Seoul.”