"The Millennium Fellowship provides student leaders with an opportunity to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Students from all over the world develop projects with the goal of positively impacting their communities. My project, Challenge Accepted, will be advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education."
– Aissatou Gningue, Class of 2023

Meet Aissatou, a student whose go-getter attitude landed her a coveted fellowship with the United Nations (UN). Aissatou, who is a double major in Public Accounting and Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law, puts her passion for positively impacting her community first, as she takes on numerous leadership roles as part of the student body. We talked to Aissatou about her projects as part of the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020 and what motivates her to keep going and work so hard. As one of five siblings, it turns out that her biggest motivators are her parents!

Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
I chose Lubin because of its passionate community of students, as well as the many opportunities offered to business students. These opportunities have allowed me to thrive inside and outside of Pace.

You have been very involved on campus as a student leader. What have you learned from those experiences so far?
I am the Fundraising Director of the Pace New York City chapter of the American Marketing Association. I am also the Chair of Membership for Beta Alpha Psi and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. The most valuable lesson I've learned from these experiences is the importance of being confident, but remaining humble at the same time. As much as I believe in my ability to tackle any task given, I am just as open to listening and learning from others. 

The Millennium Fellowship is a prestigious leadership program in which you have been selected to participate. Tell us about the program and what you are looking forward to from that experience.
The Millennium Fellowship provides student leaders with an opportunity to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Students from all over the world develop projects with the goal of positively impacting their communities. My project, Challenge Accepted, will be advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education. I am excited to be part of an amazing group of leaders and I look forward to developing my project during the fall and hopefully expanding it after the program.

Do you have any advice for other Lubin students looking to get involved on campus?
My biggest advice for Lubin students in regard to getting involved is to network and attend events. This could mean seeking e-board positions with clubs that you are interested in or curious about, participating in Pace's Alumni Mentoring program, getting an on-campus job, or simply attending virtual/in-person events to find out what opportunities are out there!

You are pursuing a BBA/MBA in Accounting, as well as majoring in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. What motivates you to work hard?
My main motivation is being optimistic about the positive impact I can have in my community and beyond. I am also motivated by my parents who are always supportive of me and my goals. I always strive to work hard and to do my best, no matter what the task at hand is.

What does #LubinLife mean to you? (i.e., the Lubin culture)
To me, #LubinLife means to be a well-rounded individual. As a business student, our curriculum prepares us for all aspects of the business world; it introduces us to a wide array of career fields and helps us build connections with all the different facets of business.

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