About Me

DISCLAIMER: The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government, the Peace Corps, or the government, people, or country of Ecuador.  Thanks!

Hi Everyone,

So even though I have no idea what my internet access will be like in Ecuador (aka if I’ll really have it), I really wanted to have a blog in order to keep family and friends updated as much as possible. In case you all don’t know my background , I was born in New Jersey, but my family moved to Pennsylvania before I could even walk. I went to catholic school from 3rd grade on, including college… but I don’t really identify as Catholic (let’s not tell my Grammie about that ok?) I have a very extended and mixed family. My immediate family consists of my mom, my brother, my stepfather, and stepsister, and my biological father died from Leukemia when I was a toddler.  I also have supportive grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on all three sides of my family. Even though most of my high school class chose to attend college in PA after we graduated in 2007, I decided to attend Stonehill College in Easton, MA which is a whopping 5.5 hours from home. I have loved it at Stonehill and I never looked back. I declared an International Studies major, got involved, made wonderful friends, and took advantage of extraordinary opportunities, like studying abroad in Northern India for my Fall 2009 semester. When it came to post-grad plans, I absolutely knew that I wanted to do international post-grad service. I looked into a couple of programs with my school and other agencies, but when it came down to decision time, the one and only program I applied to was the Peace Corps. Essentially, I made this decision based on my gut, which I do a lot more than some people would suspect given my personality type. In mid-April 2011, just about 6 weeks before my college graduation, I received my Peace Corps assignment. I am serving in Ecuador from June 2011 to August 2013 as a health extensionist. My main focus is to educate the poor, rural, or marginalized populations of Ecuador on child and maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, and environmental health such as prevention of tropical diseases. Peace Corps tells volunteers that serving with them is “The toughest job you’ll ever love”. Well… here we go.

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