Meera in India

Meera is a first-year computer science major in the Lyle School of Engineering who is a Dean’s Scholar and Engineering Fellows Scholar, among other awards. During summer 2011, she was named a Maguire & Irby Family Foundation Public Service Summer Intern by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU. She will be interning at Swasraya, a school for the mentally disabled in India, where she will design a curriculum and help students in order to promote inclusive education. She also plans to help raise awareness by updating the school’s website and creating brochures and fliers.

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Goodbye, India!

Today was my last day at Swasraya, and it was definitely bittersweet.  I never imagined I would grow so attached to the children in the short amount of time I spent here. I even have a list of about 12 children whom I want to adopt and take back to America with me!

This internship has been such a great learning experience for me, and I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to spend my summer doing something so meaningful. This next part is going to sound like a cheesy award show speech, but it has to be said. I would really like to thank the Maguire Center for selecting me as one of the recipients of its prestigious summer internships. I have learned so much, and it has definitely made me appreciate the education I have been given.

It was very empowering to know that what I was doing was actually making a difference in these children’s lives. I would also like to thank Shanta Menon, the principal of Swasraya, for the wonderful work she is doing and for allowing me to spend my summer at her school. She has dedicated 20 years of her life to this school and her hard work definitely shows; it is amazing that she has lived her life so selflessly.

I leave for America tomorrow, and I am definitely excited to see that Dallas skyline again!

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