Hometown: Rogers, MN
Education: Multidisciplinary Degree – Public Health, Global Studies, and Sustainability Studies at the University of Minnesota – Graduated May 2012
A learning or work experience that changed me: In the summer of 2011, I studied abroad in the country of Botswana to learn about HIV/AIDS and other public health threats, and my greatest lesson learned was that community involvement, grassroot efforts, and local expertise is the most effective means for sustainable public health accomplishments and social change.
Why did you choose to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with College Health Corps? I believe in the mission of VISTA, to diminish factors leading to poverty, and currently health care costs are one major factor of poverty. VISTAs have the opportunity to help their sites better focus on the needs of their community members, and add creativity, diversity, and resources from their own experience and of the volunteers that they recruit. Also, the VISTA program inspires civil responsibility that will be key for the work of VISTAs post-service.
Inspirational person/quote: Paul Farmer
One word that best describes me: Hopeful
Place I would most like to visit: West Africa
Favorite food(s): Anything Thai
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
One thing I can’t live without: Coffee
Hobbies: Spending time outside, with friends and family, learning about cultures and cuisines, attending music events.
In 5 years I would like to be: Graduated with a MPH in Maternal and Child Health or Community Health, and hopefully working at a non-profit like my site. I also hope to be happy and creating my own family!