Being an international student completing a degree off-campus, Ninette worried she would feel disconnected, but she was pleasantly surprised.
“I felt that I was engaged at all times which was a fear of mine,” she said. “If I am sitting on the other side of the world then I might lose interest. It was not the case. But I think it is also due to the cohort of friends and fellow students that kept me on track.”
These friends also have made Ninette’s experience in the program worthwhile.
“The best part of the program is the contacts I have made,” she said. “I am convinced that some of my fellow students will be friends for life. This network spans so wide as from Texas, Washington, Israel, and Mexico.”
Aside from the vast network Ninette has created, she also has benefited greatly from the philanthropic studies program.
“This degree definitely gave me the background knowledge and the credentials to work more with nonprofits,” she said.
In the future, Ninette hopes to provide services and training to South African nonprofit organizations.