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Margaret Weidner

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My name is Margaret Weidner, and I am from Evansville, IN. I graduated from Xavier in 2011 with a BSBA in Accounting and Economics. I am currently working as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Cincinnati. I have always enjoyed traveling, and the Brueggeman Fellows Program tops my list as one of the most memorable and worthwhile experiences I had at Xavier. Although I participated in other study abroad programs at Xavier and visited Europe with my family, the Brueggeman Fellows Prorgram took traveling to a new level. I thrive on challenges and loved conducting my studies with Dr. Buchanan and planning my trip. Being a Fellow challenged me to adapt even before I left the U.S. when an earthquake in Haiti forced me to change my destination to India. The opportunity for me to visit India has been life-changing. Not only did I grow up a lot by convincing my parents that I would be safe going to India alone, but I made some of the most wonderful friends in India. I continue to keep in touch with some of the individuals I interviewed as part of my Brueggeman project and those I worked with on the farm where I stayed outside Dehradun. My first seven weeks in India as a Brueggeman fellow offered just a taste of the full experience I was hoping to obtain. After graduating from Xavier in May 2011 and passing the CPA exam, I went back to India for another 8 weeks. I spent six weeks taking Hindi classes and the remaining two weeks visiting my friends, especially those at Navdanya farm. This visit held me over for another year and also made me appreciate the value in speaking the language to connect with people on a deeper level. The Brueggeman Fellows Program showed me that I could dedicate my life to a cause that I cared about and apply my skills and talents from my background in Accounting and Economics. I look forward to being able to work more directly on water issues working from a quantitative framework but considering the qualitative side as well.

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My name is Margaret Weidner, and I am from Evansville, IN. I graduated from Xavier in 2011 with a BSBA in Accounting and Economics. I am currently working as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Cincinnati. I have always enjoyed traveling, and the Brueggeman Fellows Program tops my list as one of the most memorable and worthwhile experiences I had at Xavier. Although I participated in other study abroad programs at Xavier and visited Europe with my family, the Brueggeman Fellows Prorgram took traveling to a new level. I thrive on challenges and loved conducting my studies with Dr. Buchanan and planning my trip. Being a Fellow challenged me to adapt even before I left the U.S. when an earthquake in Haiti forced me to change my destination to India. The opportunity for me to visit India has been life-changing. Not only did I grow up a lot by convincing my parents that I would be safe going to India alone, but I made some of the most wonderful friends in India. I continue to keep in touch with some of the individuals I interviewed as part of my Brueggeman project and those I worked with on the farm where I stayed outside Dehradun. My first seven weeks in India as a Brueggeman fellow offered just a taste of the full experience I was hoping to obtain. After graduating from Xavier in May 2011 and passing the CPA exam, I went back to India for another 8 weeks. I spent six weeks taking Hindi classes and the remaining two weeks visiting my friends, especially those at Navdanya farm. This visit held me over for another year and also made me appreciate the value in speaking the language to connect with people on a deeper level. The Brueggeman Fellows Program showed me that I could dedicate my life to a cause that I cared about and apply my skills and talents from my background in Accounting and Economics. I look forward to being able to work more directly on water issues working from a quantitative framework but considering the qualitative side as well.

What They're Doing Now

I am currently working in Cincinnati as an auditor for Ernst & Young. I am obtaining valuable experience which I hope to apply to a graduate program which I will apply for in the future. I am planning to stay in Cincinnati for the time being but am actively looking for ways to get me back to India. For now, I am practicing my Hindi weekly and getting caught up on all my water reading.

Contact Info

Email: weidner.margaret@gmail.com

URL

http://margaretindia.blogspot.com/

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