“the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do” — Steve Jobs

When I was little, I was told I could be whatever I wanted. I dreamed of being President and of running my own non-profit. I dreamed of changing the world. Growing up, I never doubted that I could. My childhood dreams have encouraged my interests in public policy and public health. And yes, I still dream of changing the world.

I graduated from Bucknell University in 2013 with a long list of majors, minors, and concentrations. From there, in complete denial of the concept of being an adult, I interned with a non-profit and the House of Representatives. I left for the Peace Corps in Guatemala in 2014. Being a Peace Corps Volunteer was one of the hardest and most inspiring journeys I have been on. I learned how to be alone. I learned how to work in a different culture. I learned another language. I learned that vulnerability and strength are synonyms, not antonyms.

I started at the University of Washington in the fall of 2017. I am doing a 3 year program, and will graduate with a Masters in Global Health and a Masters in Public Administration. I am slightly obsessed with my dog, Heidi, and my cat, Mellie (she’s Guatemalan!). I love dancing, and I believe no outfit is complete without lipstick.

I am grateful for the opportunities to study what I am passionate about. I am interested in promoting mental health and reproductive rights both at home and abroad. This blog is designed for friends, family, and anyone interested to be able to follow my journey to learn about places and cultures while promoting health and education.

If not now, then when? If not us, then whom?