The GELS scholarship was an invaluable and unique experience that I have gained from both personally and professionally. It has proven to be a very important practical component of my education. Every step in the process of realising a GELS-project; from setting up the project plan to arranging the annual alumni dinner, is an opportunity to learn something beyond the regular university curriculum.
In my case, a strong interest in environmental issues translated into a project on water scarcity in South Africa. It enabled me to explore a topic and develop expertise within an area that I feel is relevant to my future career, and in doing so improve on the wide range of skills necessary to design and implement a project idea. Of course, the practical challenges of working in a developing country context added another dimension to the overall experience.
Finally, I am very happy to have become a part of the GELS alumni network, which allows me to stay connected to the Stockholm School of Economics and every year be inspired by new and exciting projects. It is an amazing forum to exchange ideas and learn from a diverse group of talented people.