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Simeon Yerokun encourages UMES students to pursue global careers

Updated: Mar 30



“Regardless of your major, an international component makes you invaluable in just about any career path.” ~ Simeon Yerokun Esq.

Princess Anne, M.D. — First Trip conducted its first virtual mass passport workshop in May 2021. The event was hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, (UMES) a historically black university in Princess Anne, Maryland. Previous workshops had been held “on-site” at a number of institutions throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Spring 2021 workshop, conducted via Zoom teleconferencing, was a great success and we are excited to work with UMES students again in the near future!

The workshop focused on three key topics:


  1. The rise of multiculturalism and global citizenship

  2. Study abroad

  3. Navigating the State Department website and passport application process


The event was interactive with First Trip staffers serving as panelists for students and UMES administrators. The First Trip panelists were accompanied by Simeon Yerokun who served as guest speaker.


Mr. Yerokun, a highly distinguished international trade professional and attorney, spoke to the students about the importance of global career mapping and the many opportunities study abroad provides. Yerokun highlighted his foreign travel experience and detailed his career trajectory as a second-generation American to an HBCU degree from Howard University, and ultimately to various appointments in both the federal and private sectors.

When asked if one had to major in International Affairs to land a global career, Yerokun noted: “Regardless of your major, an international component makes you invaluable in just about any career path.” At the workshop's conclusion, each student participant was awarded a voucher (prepaid money order) to cover the $110 passport book fee made payable to the U.S. Department of State.

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