Name: Avery Ngo
Location: Irvine, California
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
Cultivated by an insatiable curiosity about the paradoxical complexities of the world, I spent my childhood consuming thousands of fictional stories. Each book, to me, was a thought-provoking journey that ended with the liberation of the mind in a form of a lesson, in a clever plot twist, or in the words of a particularly memorable character. There was no greater pleasure than absorbing myself in an imaginary world, one that seemed to be incomparable to my own. Yet, as I grew older, I realized that the real world was as eventful as any of my books. Soon, I began to move on from fiction, immersing myself with real stories from all over the world from articles in Foreign Affairs and The New Yorker, as well as the OC Register and the LA Times. It was from this reading that I developed a passion for global issues.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
After immersing myself in so many heartbreaking stories about the world’s poor, I realized that I did not just want to be sympathetic- I wanted to make a difference in the lives that I read about. I was lucky to be born into a family who had enough resources to provide for me; it is unjust that other children are not given the same opportunities because they were unlucky enough to be born into poverty.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I have three sisters; I can speak at over 350 words a minute; I have made finals at Junior Olympics for swimming; I love Mexican food and reading.

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