Name: Samuel Wilson
Location: Columbia, MD
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
Global issues became of keen interest to me as I began pursuing a political science major. As I learned in international politics, no country lives in a vacuum and the policies of one country can have large impacts on the affairs of another. I strongly believe that the foreign policy of a country is equally as important as its domestic policies for this reason. It is important to closely scrutinize the foreign policy of your country, as it not only affects the global standing of your country, but also has large impacts on the welfare of foreign states.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
As an individual who is beginning to understand the dynamics of domestic and international politics, I believe it is important to continue fostering my understanding through a noble, moral cause. More elected officials need to be made aware of the moral and economic benefits of fighting global poverty. Poverty is associated with poor education and health as well as increased violent crime, but fostering a transition away from mass poverty in a country both eases the burden of survival and allows the country to more easily interact with the many global networks that can bolster its economy, government and infrastructure.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am an Eagle Scout, and I value this award over my high school diploma. Through my scouting experience, I learned many critical life skills such as time management, citizenship, communication and emergency preparedness, as well as some niche skills such as marksmanship, ornithology and survival swimming. These skills were ingrained in me from high school and continue to improve as I complete college. Working with The Borgen Project is a logical next step for me in developing these skills.


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