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Her phone begins to ring,and she looks at the unamiliarnumber displayed on the screen.She almost ignores the call, butaer a moment o hesitationdecides to answer it. As the girl onthe other end introduces hersel,it takes a moment or her torecognize a voice she hasn’t heardin years. Te voice o a younggirl rom Arica she once knew.Te girl’s name is Fatou, andtheir relationship began whenEmily Sharp, a graduatestudent working towards hermaster’s degree in Marketingand Communications, servedas a Peace Corps volunteer inGuinea rom 2004 to 2006.One project she and theother volunteers in herregion worked on was anannual girl’s conerence.Tey brought together younggirls who showed promise asleaders in their communities.It was an eye-openingexperience or the girls, Sharpsaid. Many o them had questionswhile growing up but never hadthe opportunity to fnd answers.Aer attending the conerence,Fatou was inspired to set hersel on the path she is on today. Sheupdated Sharp on where she isnow when she called just a ew weeks ago, which is in Virginiawhere she goes to college.“She speaks impeccableEnglish,” Sharp said. “Shewanted to reach out to mebecause the time we spenttogether at that conerencemade such an impression onher, and it’s something she’s beenthinking about ever since. Tatwas so rewarding or me to hear.”Sharp said meaningul work like the girl’s conerence isone reason she eels her timeserving or the Peace Corpswas worthwhile. She spent hertwo years o service helpingentrepreneurs and women’sgroups start and manageincome-generating activitiesor their communities.In order to be successul inher work endeavors, Sharp hadto adapt to her completely new surroundings. She adjustedto the living conditions o theremote West Arican villagewhere she lived, which includedno electricity, no runningwater, no phones or Internetand little contact with home.Sharp also had to becomeaccustomed to the social norms inher new community. She said shewas surprised to fnd that it wasconsidered polite to stop and greetevery person you passed, eveni you didn’t know them. Peoplein her community were alsocomortable with silence, makingSharp notice that Americansoen try to fll every pause inconversation with small talk.She was asked questions aboutwhat lie was like in America,and many times the conceptsshe explained were unbelievableto those in her community.Sharp recalled sitting with aman in her community on a very hot day and commentingthat back in the United States,people usually just stay inside inthe air conditioning to escapethe heat. Sharp said he couldn’twrap his head around the idea.“It was so oreign to him thatyou would spend all o your timecramped up in an inside spacewhen you have the whole wide openworld around you,” Sharp said.While in Guinea, Sharp’s bestriend rom home was pregnantand sent her a sonogram picture.One o her Guinean riends saw the picture hanging up in herhouse and asked about it. Sharpexplained how doctors are able tosee and take pictures o an unbornbaby, and determine its gender.“His mind was blown. Hethought I was crazy,” Sharpsaid. “I would have thesemoments like, oh yeah, it’s pretty amazing that we can do that.”Sharp, ormer campus PeaceCorps recruiter, encouragesany student who is open toadventure and able to adaptin challenging situations toconsider the Peace Corps.“Te old slogan or PeaceCorps is it’s the toughest jobyou’ll ever love,” Sharp said. “Ithink that sums it up perectly.”
— Edited by Hannah Barling
Graduate student shares Peace Corps experience
Party on the Patio
Dole Institute o Politics
6 to 8 p.m.
Kick back on our patiowith some riends, FREE oodand special guest, journalistand writer or SLATE.COM, DaveWeigel. Dave will take audiencequestions ater his interviewand then be available briefyaterward. Board oers new andreturning students. Come meetcurrent SAB members and see theDole Institute. Students only.
Anschutz Library Open House &Pizza Party
Stop by KU's most popularlibrary or ree pizza, soda and water.Grab some giveaways and discoverall that the KU Libraries have tooer including academic resources,research expertise and great spacesor both solo study and group work.
Spencer Behind-the-Scenes: James Turrell and More
Spencer Museum o Art
4 to 5 p.m.
KU students are invited topreview the upcoming James Turrellexhibition and witness the skillulinstallation process that culminatesin the exhibition o a large and com-plex work o contemporary art. Thisbehind-the-scenes discussion is aqualiying event in Visual Art or ArtsEngagement students.
Jonathan Stalling & Ben Cartwright Reading
Kansas Union, International Room
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Stalling is best known or his book Yingel-ishi (Counterpath, 2011), which is based upon anEnglish-language phrase book popular in China.Stalling translates those Chinese characters,creating new poems in English. In perormance,he chants them, according to a traditional ormo singing " and speakers o both English andChinese each hear completely dierent meanings.Opening or Stalling will be Benjamin Cartwright,a recent KU Ph.D. whose work Tea & Gin deals withthe oreign concession era in Tianjin, China.
Job Search Materials Workshop
Burge Union, 149
12 to 1 p.m.
Are you thinking o applying or a job? At-tend this session to learn more about common jobsearch materials and how to stand out. Registeror the event at: http://graduate.drupal.ku.edu/ jobsearchmaterialsworkshopregistration
A Conversation with Corinne Brinkerho
Oldather Studios, 100
1 to 2 p.m.
Corinne Brinkerho, Lawrence native,is an Emmy-nominated television screenwriterand producer. She began her career on "BostonLegal" in 2006. She has also written or CBS's"The Goodwie," and is currently a writer andco-executive producer or "Elementary."
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