Name: Caylee Pugh
Location: Miami, Florida
How did you get interested in global issues? I went on my first, year-long study abroad when I was 16 years old, and at that young of an age it completely blew apart my view of the world. Since then, I majored in Cultural and Environmental Anthropology at UGA which furthered my interest in other cultures and wanting to help the voiceless to be heard. At Harvard, I studied social development in South Asia where I got to interact with many inspiring development officials. My time there gave me an inside view of the development community who completely sparked my curiosity even more! I just got back from teaching to children in Vietnam for a semester, and it was another huge learning experience for me. My interest in global issues just keeps on growing and evolving.
What do you do when you’re not fighting global poverty? I love dancing, water sports, exploring the world, creating art, and doing lots and lots of reading.
What have you learned/found interesting about The Borgen Project? I’ve loved learning more about the U.S. political process through The Borgen Project. Before getting involved, talking to congressional offices about the issues I’m passionate about seemed incredibly intimidating, and I had no idea the best way to go about doing it. The Borgen Project clearly lays out the steps in getting involved and making a difference through lobbying/bird dogging/etc., which is amazing. They have made the process seem much easier and more accessible to the average citizen.
Any interesting tidbits to share? I think that if more people surfed there would be more peace in the world. It is the best meditation. :)
– Peter Lessler