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Eugenie Murekatete '08G

Master of Arts in Global Development and Social Justice

Student earns her degree at St. John's from across the world

Born and raised in Rwanda, St. John’s Graduate Online Learning alum Eugenie Murekatete ’08G feels that the Master of Arts in Global Development and Social Justice was the perfect program to pursue, “Through this program I was able to interact with students from all around the world. We started a unique friendship that I value as a very good asset and believe will continue beyond graduation.” Through the use of the conferencing tool Skype, Online Learning students from all around the world are able to maintain communication with each other for group projects or support at any time of the day.

While she attended graduate school, Eugenie also worked for UNICEF in the Office of Emergency Programs and believes since she attained her graduate degree she will have the skills and knowledge to make even more of a difference in the lives of children around the world, “Upon graduation, I plan to continue working for UNICEF, applying the knowledge I’ve acquired to work towards global development and social justice.”

Getting to this point in life has not been easy for Eugenie - she is a widow and survivor of the 1994 Rwanda Civil War: “The war in Rwanda destroyed my family life; with my husband and several family members being killed within a short period of time.  In addition to the loss of loved ones, most of my family’s properties were destroyed or looted.  It was an extremely traumatizing experience. Once I came to America I had to begin my life from scratch.”

Although it was challenging at times, Eugenie remained determined to finish school and attain her graduate degree, “The program is very demanding in terms of time and intellectual skills.  I had to reorganize my time for a better accomplishment of my studies.” Her best advice to students considering online education is to make sure they have exceptional time management skills, “Since the program is not the traditional graduate program where students meet in a classroom, students should make sure they access the web site at least once a day and maintain communication with their professors and classmates.”