Name: Michaela Murray
Location: Tampa, Florida
Position: Political Affairs Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
I have always been interested in helping and advocating for those in need. After my freshman year in college, I visited Israel and was exposed to a completely different culture and lifestyle. While I was there I learned that what was being portrayed in the media was biased and not an accurate representation. I was exposed to an area of severe conflict that Americans only ever hear about on TV. I began to invest my time in educating myself on different global issues through my own research and how the US could possibly help. I even changed my major to Political Science, so I could pursue this as a career and spend my life changing the world for the better.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I live in the most powerful country on this planet; we, as a democracy, have the power to change the world for the better. I have a voice that can be heard by our leaders, other people do not have that luxury. I want to give a voice to those who do not have the opportunity to speak for themselves. Global poverty is a serious issue that goes much deeper than what most people believe. Poverty affects the free market, the creation of jobs, global health and the spread of disease, and takes a serious toll on the environment due to overpopulation and unsustainable practices. Aiding the world’s poor will help the world.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I have an extensive science background and have a deep interest in the environment. It is my goal to go to graduate school for Environmental Policy in hopes of working for an NGO that focuses on reducing human impact.
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