Name: Sophia Serafin
Location: Stanford, CA
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal:

How did you get interested in global issues?
I have always been interested in American politics, but as I got older, I began to see the many issues taking place in not only American politics, but throughout the world. Being in a representative democracy has further fueled me to want to make a change domestically, but more importantly, abroad. My standard of living is far above that of others in less developed countries, and I am very distraught and uncomfortable about this fact. This has led me to become interested in finding ways in which I can offer assistance and aid to those in need. Being a political science major, I definitely believe that fundamental policy change is the best way in which this change can arise.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Being an American citizen allowed for me to see how lucky I am, and because of this, I want others to gain access to the same quality of life that they should be given, but are denied due to varying factors and circumstances. All humans deserve to have a viable quality of life, and I want to be one of the people who is able to make a difference in making this happen across the globe. No person should have to live in poverty when there are so many ways in which assistance and relief can be supplied to them. Wealthy countries are focusing so little of their budget on poverty reduction, with the US having less than 1 percent of their budget towards it. This fact is downright cruel and insensitive and needs to be changed as immediately as possible.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am a political science major at Stanford, and I want to go into social public policy, specifically focusing on redistribution. I have a two-year-old pitbull that I rescued from the pound and she lives at college with me; her name is Billie. I like photography, especially taking pictures on film. I love music and going to concerts as well.

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

  1. Wash car for $20
  2. Cook a nice dinner for $40
  3. Hold a photoshoot/edit pictures for you for $75
  4. Walk your dog(s) for $20
  5. Hold a wine and cheese night for $50
  6. Babysit for $75
  7. Clean your house for $150

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