Senegal Volunteer 2013-14
I’m both excited and humbled to spend the next nine months of my life in Senegal. I graduated from Foothill High School in Northern California, where I was a member of the ‘We the People’ constitutional analysis team. This experience promoted my interest in public service and law. I was also heavily shaped by an organization called E-Soccer, which helps kids with special needs and non-disabled kids connect through the beautiful game. Working with autistic kids encouraged me to intern at the UC-Davis MIND Institute, where I worked on analyzing MRI images of autistic brains. Another interest of mine is language: I’ve studied Spanish, Chinese, and Farsi, and I look forward to learning French and Wolof. By the end of this journey, I hope to better understand different aspects of Senegalese culture, from traditional wrestling matches to Sufi philosophy, and to use this understanding to further my world perspective. In my down time I enjoy playing and following sports (Go Pats!), listening to music (from Bob Marley to Louis Armstrong), and spending time with my family. Hopefully, in just a few days, I’ll be playing a pickup soccer game in the streets of Dakar.