PiA Fellow Facebook

2007-2008

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Caitlin Kelly

Dalian, China

Caitlin has spent the past four years of her life curbing world hunger and effecting world peace while studying International Politics at Georgetown University. Occasionally, to kick back from these stressful, consuming pursuits Caitlin enjoys working out with friends--she has been known to run marathons, row on the Potomac with the Georgetown crew team, and dance like her name is Shakira. While Dalian is a far cry from her native Pittsburgh, Caitlin hopes that the Yellow Sea will remind her of the three rivers, making this Chinese tourist destination slightly reminiscent of her beloved ‘Burgh.

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Meredith Kleiner

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Meredith is excited to be teaching in Khon Kaen this year. A lover of the outdoors, she hopes to use her experience guiding Princeton Freshman through the woods to help guide her Thai students over the rough terrain of the English language. An English major, Meredith also likes metaphors. She can’t wait to fall in love with Thailand and travel all over Asia. She hopes these experiences will finally provide her with a response to all those clever people who ask “What the hell do you do with an English degree?”

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Judith Le

Hanoi, Vietnam

Judith Le is a pesca-vegetarian from Sacramento, CA. After spendingfour years at NYU, where she studied history, sociology, and AsianPacific America studies, Judith moved to yuppie Brooklyn with somefriends and got a job doing human rights work at a philanthropic level.Despite her sadness at having to leave her book club, B-Unit, Judith islooking forward to moving to Hanoi, Vietnam (aka the Motherland) andassisting in communications work for TRAFFIC—the wildlife trademonitoring network.

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Jacqueline Leahy

Kunming, China

Jacqueline really hopes that her post in Kunming, China will come through soon. She has been in rural Hunan teaching for the last year. She is a champion fencer, an incredible teacher, and is learning to cook creatively in China.

Ben Lennertz

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ben will be graduating from Vassar College with a degree in math and philosophy and with no skills, unless you count yapping about Ludwig Wittgenstein as a skill. His mom told him that English was a skill. He was skeptical - as are many philosophers - but someone in Asia with a not so generous endowment of Thai Baht agreed. Ben will be teaching (another skill he doesn’t possess) English in Chiang Mai. Ben now knows where Thailand is. He hopes to learn something else about Asia while he is there.

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Mary Lewine

Taichung, Taiwan

Mary is a Chinese & Asian Studies major at Vassar. She first started learning Chinese because it seemed like the heftiest windmill at which she could possibly lunge. While she is still failing miserably at the endeavor, all sorts of passions for the Far East have sprung up in the meantime. She moves to Taiwan in eager anticipation of finally whipping her Mandarin into shape and can’t wait to learn the names of her 200 million students. With any luck Taiwanese pop will lure her away from her music snobbery (a foible solidified, alas, by her stint as a WVKR deejay), and she hopes to take many trips involving extremely long train rides.

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Katie Matlack

Bangkok, Thailand

In July of 2006, Katie moved to Hanoi to work for the World Conservation Union. One year later, she is a proficient newsletter-story-writer (British Englishisms aside) and can also explain to anyone who is interested how to promote turtle conservation by dancing to karaoke music around a bonfire. When she moves to Bangkok for a post at International Consultants, Europe, she will surely miss Hanoi’s cafŽ sua da and the little boy on her street who runs into her house every time she unlocks the door. It will be some consolation to her, however, that she won’t have to break off her torrid affair with sticky rice just yet. A proven expert in Driving Up Waterfalls, while in Thailand Katie hopes to travel frequently, laugh often, and continue to learn from and about our human race.

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Erica McGibbon

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Erica is ever grateful to PiA for saving her from her awfully predictable post-grad plans for law school or a boring job in NYC. She will be teaching for the next year at The Prince Royal’s College. Erica will be also dedicating herself to a one-woman mission to bring Asia’s latest dance moves to the western hemisphere. Upon graduating, she will be leaving behind a legacy at Princeton as a respected contortionist in training and a highly skilled procrastinator. Erica currently holds the crown for the tallest PiAer under 5’1’’ and after four years of college, is understanding the difference between knowledge and wisdom. “One helps you build a career the other helps you build a life.” She is excited to be spending the next year in Thailand doing the latter.

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Chris McLaughlin

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Chris has spent the last couple of years summering in Iraq and wintering in Afghanistan. He can’t wait to live and work in Vietnam, a foreign location where body armor is no longer in fashion. After finishing Princeton in 2001, he moved to Costa Rica, taught English and made a valiant but failed attempt at becoming a surfer. Eventually, he decided to put his Comparative Literature skills to use and joined the US Air Force. Chris is very excited about this amazing opportunity in Ho Chi Minh City, but is having difficulty right now writing about himself in the third person.

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Greer Meisels

Beijing, China

Greer has been told by her fellow PiAers that she doesn’t look as old as she is, and at the ripe old age of 31, she’s happy to hear it. After spending time in the private sector and two and a half years in the think tank world, she is excited to have this year in China to “do” instead of only to “think.” She has an unwholesome love of MTV and VH1 reality shows, the Der Blaue Reiter movement, everything ever written by Italo Calvino, and a perfectly dry martini. She has studied Mandarin for three years but still freezes up when giving directions to a taxi driver and hopes a year in Beijing will cure her of this phobia. Last, but certainly not least, she is leaving her husband, Brian, behind in Brooklyn. And yes, before you ask, he is the most supportive man in the world.

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