This Is My Era – the Podcast (#ThisIsMyEra)

Ep. 20 - “Setting Goals: The Journey of a Two-Time Fulbright Scholar” with Samantha Lakin (#ThisIsMyEra the Podcast)

November 16, 2018

Samantha Lakin



At some point in our lives, we’ve all had that dream of changing the world and leaving a global footprint that would mark our legacy to humanity’s progress. While most people eventually pursue other paths, there are a few who rise to meet the call.

One of those people is Samantha Lakin. If you’re looking for an inspiration, Samantha is definitely someone to keep under your radar. Since 2013, she has been researching transitional justice and local perspectives of memory in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. If that’s not amazing enough, she’s also a two-time Fulbright Scholar, a Ph.D. candidate at Clark University, a TEDx speaker, a board member of Survivors Fund (SURF) and Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN), a multilingual who is fluent in French, a published author ... the list goes on and on.

In this episode, Alexander Star and Kuda Biza discuss with Samantha about her journey to become who she is today and how she was able to accomplish everything despite the challenges she faced. In her reflection, she reviews how she started on her path, how it took her four years to get her first Fulbright Scholarship, and how she was able to push through her moments of difficulty. In the final ten minutes of this interview, she actually provides a brief synopsis of the context of her research and how it has helped shape her own life, which she talks about more in-depth in her TED Talk.