Meet a FullSouler: Hansen Lu

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Hello!  My name is Hansen Lu, I was born in Beijing and raised in Toronto.  Growing up exposed to two different worlds has inspired me to travel and try to understand what we all share in common as humans.  I am going into my fourth year in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo with a biomechanical specialization.  I will be working with FullSoul as the project manager.  Now that the Global Grant has been approved, my time with FullSoul will be heavily dedicated to implementing new equipment and training.  In addition, I’ll be identifying design optimizations in the sterilization process of medical equipment in the local hospitals.  Fun fact about myself is that I love tree planting in British Columbia!  It’s an environmentally friendly, yet lucrative job.  National Geographic ranked it as one of the toughest jobs in Canada and it strengthened my confidence to face adversity.

Can you tell us what you are looking forward to the most? 

I’m looking forward to starting the decade by exploring Africa for the first time!  I’m excited to learn the lifestyle of Ugandans and experience the natural beauty of Africa.  This is also my first time working with an NGO and working with the locals will be an immersive opportunity to learn about the Ugandan culture.

Did you get any interesting advice from previous interns or others to prep you for the trip? 

Don’t eat too much Rolex.  Rolex is a popular street food in Uganda that’s made from rolled up omelet and dough.  I hope I don’t gravitate too much around it, because there is so much fresh meat and produce from the local market.

I love to work and experience things in person, rather than through a screen. To me, fulfillment is found in helping others and watching them excel.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, Namaste!