Sweksha Sharma is currently interning at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a Research Panel Coordinator in their Economic Research Department. She started the position in the summer of 2021 and continued it over the fall semester. Most of her work involves reaching out to business leaders to encourage them to participate in the Business Uncertainty Survey of the Atlanta Fed.
Sweksha said: “I get to talk to business owners and managers from all over the country which I really enjoy. This role has helped me understand the importance of survey work in economics and appreciate the role of the Federal Reserve System in the economy. My favorite part of the internship is being able to join in on economic briefings and forecasts where current issues are being discussed. It truly feels like I am at the center of economic decision-making!
This internship has encouraged me to challenge myself and explore my interests. I am hence planning to study abroad next semester at the TIO University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. I am really looking forward to exploring the Netherlands and the rest of Europe while learning more about global markets, international relations, and my interests.”
Sweksha Sharma is currently a junior at ASC with a dual major in Mathematics-Economics and International Relations.
On this October 11, 2021, traditionally called “Columbus Day” but also dedicated Indigenous Peoples Day by President Biden, Agnes Scott College’s Center for Global Learning stands in solidarity with native peoples across the globe to urge meaningful actions in support of indigenous communities everywhere.
Calling attention to the myriad of challenges that indigenous peoples face has become more important than ever in the context of climate heating. As tribal attorney and indigeneous leader Tara Houska recently mentioned at Agnes Scott College’s Women’s Global Leadership conference, Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice, defending the rights of native communities is an urgent act of survival. Houska poignantly summarized what’s at stake:
Indigenous peoples around the globe hold 80% of all earth’s biodiversity, despite being just 5% of all human beings. We are fighting for what remains, everywhere. The earth is a relative, not a resource. My ancestors fought back, or I would not exist. I owe the next generation the same. We all do.
The COVID pandemic frames this anniversary in a completely new way. In the Center for Global Learning we know that so many of you had to cancel or shift plans, we know that you are longing for the moment to pick up your delayed dreams of studying abroad for a summer, a semester, or the academic year. All we can say right now is — “Hang in there, we are with you!”
Despite the pandemic, global learning is continuing and it might help to take some solace from the fact that education and learning are part of the “long game.” We want to mark this unique Study Abroad Day with a special episode on the Agnes Scott Leading Everywhere podcast series. Listen to Hannah Brendell ‘2021 conversing with alums Na Than ’13 and Tehseen Dossul ’11 how being proficient in multiple languages has helped them navigate different work and learning environments and prepare for international careers.
On October 8 the class of 2023 learned about their placements for Journeys 2020! An exciting line-up of courses will enable Scotties students to study mediterranean history and culture in Morocco, art in Mexico City, public health in Ecuador, and global(ized) cultural intersections in New York City — and these are only a few of the topics. For the entire list see the Center for Global Learning’s website. Make sure to visit our Facebook site where students will share their experiences during the course and during their travel immersion.