Rafael Buerba ’08 worked as an operating room assistant in Barcelona, Spain. Christina Xu ’09 helped set up a record label and radio network in the prisons of Kingston, Jamaica. And Robert Ross ’09 tracked children in displaced person camps in Uganda.The three were among 37 Harvard students who participated in the Weissman International Internship Program this past summer. The program, which is administered by the Office of Career Services, was established in 1994 by Paul (’52) and Harriet Weissman to help foster the development of Harvard College students’ understanding of the global community. Since its inception, the Weissman Program has enabled 329 students to work in 72 countries in fields ranging from public service to business, science to arts administration.In their final reports, the 2007 Weissman Interns related the joys and challenges of living and working in another culture. Jessica Hightower ’09 wrote about helping out at a shelter for abandoned youth in Bangalore, India. Courtney O’Brien ’09, who worked at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, found that an unexpected bonus of her summer experience was her appreciation for the French emphasis on leisure and balance in life. Kristina Liu ’08 conducted many one-on-one dietetic therapy sessions with patients at an endocrine clinic in Melbourne, Australia, advising them on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes.The Weissman Program was deliberately designed to ensure that students return to enrich the Harvard community with their experiences. This year, as every year, the returning interns were welcomed back at a luncheon held at the Harvard Faculty Club. On Oct. 30, the 2007 interns met with Paul and Harriet Weissman, Harvard College Dean David R. Pilbeam, Tamara Rogers, vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development, and others, and spoke with them about insights gained, perspectives shifted, and worldviews broadened. In most cases, internship experiences had a significant impact on students’ personal, professional, and academic plans. For many, the opportunity has fueled a passion for further international experience. And that is certainly something to celebrate.
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GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OSAKA – Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko of Ukraine won the Osaka Women’s Marathon for the second year in a row on Sunday, while Yukiko Akaba scored a runnerup finish in the last competitive race of her career.Gamera-Shmyrko, fifth at the London Olympics, cut the tape at Nagai Stadium in a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes 37 seconds. Akaba, the 2011 Osaka winner, clocked 2:26:00 and Karolina Jarzynska of Poland was third in 2:26:31. RELATED PHOTOS “I am happy I could win for the second straight year in such a strong field,” said Gamera-Shmyrko, who caught up with Akaba at the 35-km mark and pulled away before widening her lead with 5 km left.“I caught up and pulled level and was able to breathe easily. After that I was confident I would win,” she added.Sairi Maeda produced a fourth-place finish on her marathon debut with a time of 2:26:46. Back for more: Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko crosses the line to defend her Osaka Women’s Marathon title on Sunday. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title Sunday at the U.S. Open, sparking celebrations among her family and compatriots in Japan.Osaka’s 73-year-old grandfather Tetsuo told reporters at his home in Nemuro, Hokkaido, he and his wife were ecstatic after watching their granddaughter’s 6-2, 6-4 victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on television. Osaka, Serena Williams, U.S. Open, Naomi Osaka Employees at Nissin Foods Holdings Co. celebrate after Naomi Osaka’s victory over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sunday. RELATED PHOTOS He said Osaka had called them after the match to tell them about it, adding that he hopes her achievement will lift the spirits of locals still reeling from the powerful earthquake that struck Hokkaido recently.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Instagram to praise Osaka’s accomplishment. “At difficult times like now, thank you for the energy and inspiration,” his message read.Residents of her namesake city of Osaka, where she was born, also expressed their delight.“I subscribed to satellite TV to see the match, and I got goosebumps when she won,” said Yuta Yokoyama, 33, who was practicing at a tennis court.Kazuki Nakadate, 26, said he had never expected a Japanese to win the tournament. “She showed a bullish attitude even toward a legend like Serena Williams,” he said.Ai Sato, 55, said, “We’ve had lots of gloomy news recently such as typhoons and earthquakes. But I think (her victory) will help encourage people living in the affected areas.”At the Tokyo head office of Nissin Foods Holdings Co., one of Osaka’s sponsors, about 150 people watched the match on a large-screen television.“She has inspired Japan at a time when the country is reeling in the aftermath of the Hokkaido earthquake and torrential rain in western Japan,” said 35-year-old Shuichi Fukushima, whose voice had gone hoarse from cheering.People in Haiti, the homeland of Osaka’s father, also celebrated her win.“We are proud of her,” Mac Keven Frederic, 45, said. “With this victory, many young Haitian women will take up tennis.”Osaka’s victory is an “honor” for Haitian people, as it proves that people from smaller countries can still triumph, said 63-year-old Hilario Batista Felix. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5