The Following Post comes from 2014 Compass Fellow Peter Starkey at George Washington University in DC:
Compass Fellows are some of the most interesting ones you will find….
1. We are all very motivated in what we can do, what we want to do, and what we dream of doing.
2. We all have a passion ranging from Microeconomics to the tea business, from both non-profit to for-profit.
3. We are all willing to listen and all wanting to learn.
Bring all 15 of us into a room and you have some of the most interesting minds. The Compass program so far has been about learning about what we would like to accomplish in a social business. Many of the speakers have been experts in their fields and give useful and tangible advice on how to succeed, and what to avoid. From capstones, modules, and group meetings Compass has found many ways to teach us. With our great group of mentors, and an awesome HQ, Compass is flourishing like our businesses will someday soon.
I have taken a lot from our modules and groups sessions. I have established that I would like to start a non-profit that expands off of a program I started back at my high school. The program is called “React” and works to help those students during high school develop social skills through interaction and relationships with their non-disabled peers. The program has proven to have remarkable effects and I want to be able to work on the greater inclusion of mentally disabled students so they may function in a higher capacity in society.
With Compass I hope to take away knowledge on how to impact the world in a positive way. I want to make social justice a reality, and change the world. It’s a long road ahead for me and the Compass Fellows, and there may be some hard decisions along the way but in the words of a great mentor of mine “Always choose the hard right against the easy wrong.” With us let loose on the world, nothing can stop us from making it a better place.