Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

A Watson journey

Iraimi Mercado ’12Iraimi Mercado ’12, a 2012–2013 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, has been spending her time traveling to several countries, studying youth programs run by the YMCA. Most recently she was in Senegal, West Africa. She tells us: “Life in Senegal is fantastic. Although I have only been here for a month and a half, it feels like I have been here forever. Senegalese people live in peace and solidarity. It is beautiful. My Watson journey has completely changed my life. Travel is good for the soul. The new experiences that I have gained and the ones ahead of me are helping me reframe my personal narrative, and I am much more aware of the world in which we live.” If you want to read more about her Watson journey, follow her blog at iraimiwatson.wordpress.com.