Minerva Fellow Interview: Ruwimbo Makoni

Ruwimbo Makoni. Jinan, China
Ruwimbo Makoni. Jinan, China
  1. Where did you go and what was your experience like?

I went to work with Shandong Huihe Autism Center in Jinan, China. It was so different from anything I could have imagined in every way especially in regards to culture. We were working with children and they were just amazing and so full of life – there was never a dull moment and they made the experience wonderful.


  1. What was your fondest memory of your time as a Minerva Fellow?

Definitely the first day we got to meet and interact with our students. They all acted like characters straight out of a Pixar movie – just so welcoming, playful and excited! It set a great tone for the fellowship and got me really pumped and excited to begin working with them.


  1. What did you do during your time? What does the fellowship entail?

Along with Yilun, we went to do music therapy and teach a small class of elementary school aged children with autism. In addition to our music sessions we helped out with the other classes, school trips and even started other programs like cooking and ice skating.


4. How has the trip changed you? 

I certainly came to see that ‘normal’ is relative every different person experiences normal a different way. In all sorts of situations and under all circumstances I have come to see there can be a silver lining that you have to find or make for yourself in order to make the most of it. I also appreciate the little things a lot more than I used to and am a lot more patient!


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