Name: Maris Thomson
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina AND Charlotte, North Carolina
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I became interested in global issues through the National Student Leadership Conference session I attended during high school, which centered around International Diplomacy and was located in Washington, DC. Since being introduced to the world of international affairs and relations in high school, I have gone on to study it in college and, alongside national security, have made it the focus of my prospective career.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Being born and raised as an American citizen and resident has gifted me with an extremely privileged position. As constituents of the most economically and militarily powerful nation in the world, we have the unique ability to help the world’s poor by soliciting our own government into intentional action. There is no better use of my time and effort than to act compassionately to address international poverty.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. $10: Come up with a personalized secret handshake to let everyone around us know that our friendship is pure!
  2. $25: Write 5 personalized (and probably very poor) haikus in your honor!
  3. $50: I will come to your house and cook you a fancy dinner (or if you prefer, you can come to mine)!
  4. $75: All of the above!


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