Student Profile: Mercy Bourdet
A Posey Global Fellowship gave Mercy Bourdet the opportunity to make her lifelong dream of traveling to Africa a reality. It also changed her life.
“I taught classes at a school in Ghana that is supported by Literacy Beyond Borders,” she says. “Though I really enjoyed teaching, I realized interacting with the people and learning about their daily lives was my true passion. Anthropology is what I’m meant to major in.”
Though the Remus senior has always been interested in the idea of working for a nonprofit or non-governmental organization, she says this has only become a real possibility because of Alma’s supportive environment.
“At first, the college environment intimidated me,&rdquo: she says. “But you quickly realize that you can develop as an adult here. The Alma experience unlocks potential for the rest of your life. It gives you a lot more confidence to go out and follow your dreams.”
Bourdet says she also has gained confidence through her participation in Student Congress, New Life, Chapel and Public Affairs as well as her volunteer experience at Alma Middle School and the Alma Church of God.
“I have been challenged at Alma, and that has allowed me to discover my strengths and weaknesses,” she says. ”The faculty also made a huge difference in my life. Because of their support, I’ve become a more self-assured, globally aware individual.”