Wow. What a year it has been!
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Will Mount, and I'm a rising 3L [assuming I pass, ha!] at the University of Miami School of Law. I am also about to be an intern for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda[ICTR] in Arusha, Tanzania. Not to be cliche, but this is going to be a "once-in-a-lifetime" adventure, and I created this blog as a common space to share my adventure with family, friends, and members of the University of Miami community. I plan to post on least a weekly basis, if not more. I also plan to post pictures here, so that you can see what I'm doing.
Prior to beginning this blog, I think it is incredibly important to reflect and thank the people who helped get me to Africa.
First, I want to thank Dean Marni Lennon and the Helping Others through Pro Bono Efforts [HOPE] office at the University of Miami. Without generous funding from the HOPE Fellows program, this opportunity would have never happened. Please check out their website at http://www.law.miami.edu/hope/.
Along these lines, I want to specifically thank Lara O'Neill, who also works with HOPE. I never thought about working internationally before I met her, and she inspired me to apply to the ICTR as well as to receive HOPE funding. She is a phenomenal resource on the UM Law campus, especially for anyone who wants to work internationally during their law school career.
I also wish to thank Henry, a former ICTR intern, for all of the wonderful advice that he gave me. His enthusiasm for Africa and the ICTR work is definitely contagious. He was also a great resource to answer all of the questions that I have as I am going over there.
I also want to thank Daniel, a returning ICTR intern over this summer. He has also given me great advice as well as he has helped introduced me to a lot of people within the ICTR network. I look forward to exploring Tanzania with him over the summer.
I also want to thank my family and friends for their support over the summer. This journey does not come without its sacrifices. First, I want to thank my friends, Jon and Jackie, for understanding that I won't be at their wedding mid-summer [congratulations]! They have been two of my closest friends since college, and I'm quite excited for them getting married; but I regret not being there. Additionally, I want to thank my parents for always supporting my adventures and "seizing the day." Without passing on their hard-work, do-the-right-thing mentality, I don't know if I would have achieved half of the goals that I've achieved in my life. Finally, I want to thank Beth, my fiance, for being an incredibly encouraging and wonderful partner. It is a lot to let your significant other to go off to a foreign country for three months; but Beth was on board, encouraging the adventure from day one.
Thanks to everyone and I look forward to talking to you through this blog over the summer!