Augustine Ahn Interview

Augustine Ahn
Major and Year: Biomedical Sciences; Senior
Interests: Hiking, biking, doodling, laying down in a green field of grass while looking up at the sky on a gorgeous day trying to figure out what shapes the clouds look like, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

What global challenge(s) are you most interested in and why?

It's hard to choose because all five topics are all equally important and interrelated. However, wiith that being said, I'm currently most interested in Education Gap and Health Care. Education has the power to transform and enable us to tap into our full potential, and I've always been fascinated by how the human brain is influenced and developed with biological, psychological, cultural, and socioeconomic factors that come into play and molds our cognitive functions. Also, as a pre-health major, I can't help but be invested in the field of health care, especially with so much going on with health care reform while our ever-increasing need to tend to the aging population remains critical, as well as the fact that there are so many countries around the globe where people lack the access to the resources we often take for granted here in the U.S. (education and health care certainly being two of them).

How can students at Auburn University contribute to the Leadership Challenge?

As college students, it's easy for us to get so caught up trying to juggle things in our own insulated and busy environment. But at the same time, I also know that there are numerous altruistic students who are itching to get out and do something to contribute and serve a greater purpose bigger than themselves. I'm pleased to say most of my friends and peers I've talked to about the Global and Leadership Challenge have been beyond supportive and expressed their wish to play an active role with the program themselves. I definitely believe we have the human desire to give back; we just have to equip ourselves with the right tools and grow more self-aware of the five global issues we wish to tackle. But we can't do it alone and we need the help from the entire student body, the faculty, and the community to make this work. So, how can Auburn students directly get involved with us and help us tackle this challenge? We encourage any and all Auburn students or faculty members to talk to us as well as join us for seminars and presentations to learn more about the issues. If they decide they wish to contribute or propose any ideas/plans of action they might have in mind, they're also highly encouraged to share them with us. Because leadership has nothing to do with titles and everything to do with influence, we stress that ANYONE here at Auburn could have the potential to make a lasting impact through this opportunity if given the right tools and resources.

Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2013

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