Name: Sophia Jeongyoon Han
Location: East Syracuse, NY
Position: Journalism Intern

Fundraising Goal: $550

How did you get interested in global issues? Growing up in a Korean American household and in two cultures, I centered my identity around being a global citizen. I watched TV news broadcasts and participated in Model UN as a high schooler––two activities that showed me how interconnected our world is, and that advocating for global peace, prosperity and unity is the most important priority for our communities.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor? I am saddened by economic, political and institutional factors that prevent so many people from having access to food, water, health care, education, and opportunities. All people deserve to have a life filled with joy, and as members of this international community, we should all feel an obligation to support and fight for one another.

Any interesting tidbits to share? I can speak three languages—English, Korean and Mandarin. Feel free to talk to me in any of those languages, and even Spanish! This fall, I will be studying abroad in Buenos Aires and Barcelona, and I hope to have at least some of the basics down. I’ve been playing the violin since I was 5-years-old, but have also played (and quit) the piano and trumpet. I also love Aaron Sorkin shows and “Stranger Things.”

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

  1. $30: Play the violin for you!

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