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Brian Cochran

Khao Lak, Thailand

Brian was birthed and molded along the tin can skyline of Cleveland, Ohio, where he developed his lifelong commitment to rocking and rolling. Like a sunspot, Brian is a rambunctious ball of channeled energy, and tries to legitimate his inability to sit still by calling it "performance art." Majoring in anthropology at Princeton University, Brian wrote his senior thesis on dwarfs because they’re the "next big thing," but nobody believes him. He loves kids and can’t wait to get over to Takua Pa, Thailand and "rock" the new teaching post there. Much of Takua Pa was destroyed as a result of the 2004 tsunami and many residents lost there lives, and more than anything Brian wants to bring a positive and constructive force into his school to facilitate the healing process and give these students who have experienced so much recent tragedy something to smile about.

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Sarah Comer

Shanghai, China

A Chicago-area native, Sarah studied Political Science and Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis. She has spent the last year as a legislative researcher for the Illinois General Assembly. She enjoys getting lost in cornfields and trying to avoid tornadoes but is looking forward to moving to Shanghai and working as a legal fellow at Orrick, a leading law firm in Shanghai.

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Danny Cook

Dalian, China

Danny Cook has high hopes for his upcoming year in China and looks forward to learning Mandarin and eating questionable meat. Danny graduated from Cornell University in the spring of 2006 with a major in Government and hopes that a year in China will help shed light on possible career options. If things do not work out, he plans on living in his mother’s basement till his late 30’s. Danny is originally from Wilmington, Delaware (yes, it is a state) and is proud to be a part of a strong pedigree of Delawareans including Ryan Phillipe and the guy from CNN’s crossfire.

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Matt Daniels

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Matt Daniels attends Villanova and is really into film. He is already thinking of films he can make in Thailand.

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Pier Deroo

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Dear Pier,

Row, row, row your boat, gently across the Pacific. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Thailand’s so terrific.

Welcome to PiA’s "crew". Don’t forget to write. Oops, too late.


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Dylan Fagan

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Dylan spent 4 years in Durham, NC riding his bike into the forest to read books and look at trees. He wrote papers about the resemblance between the movements of Dionysus' chase after ladies in gas station parking lots (his friend's dog) and the flowers of Virginia Woolf's stories. He also tried unsuccessfully to program every radio within an arm's reach to only play Duke and Chapel Hill's radio stations. Dylan will return from Mongolia with righteous ger construction skills to finally give his parents the final push they need to become nomadic.

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Ryan Finstad

Shanghai, China

Ryan Finstad is going to Shanghai to work at Tractus Asia, a business consultancy started by former PiAer, John Evans, ‘91. He is originally from San Diego and naturally has a love for the beach and all things sandy. Ryan studied politics and accounting at UCLA, where he was fortunate enough to discover the evils of both before pursuing a career in either. He also spent two summers studying at Chinese universities, interning at a magazine in Hong Kong, and playing Chinese drinking games. He plans to pursue his love affair with xiao long bao next year.

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Morgan Galland

Vientiane, Laos

Morgan Galland spent four years with snow and decided that was enough. She looks forward to wearing flip-flops year-round working at the World Conservation Union in Lao PDR. While majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and certificate-ing in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies at Princeton, she studied Panamanian ecosystems, taught kids about the joys of clean water, and helped to produce shows for Discovery Channel and Tech TV. She enjoys dancing to loud music, asymmetry, and brussel sprouts and has an irrational fear of beans. Even though she chased birds around the forest and then wrote about it for her thesis, she promises to stay away from the chickens.

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Clotilde Ghiselli

Kurashiki, Japan

Her name is Clo. After living in Italy and Pennsylvania, she’s psyched to try out another continent. After graduating from an all-girls college (Bryn Mawr), she’s going to teach at an all-girls Catholic school in Japan and wonders whether she’ll ever get out of the all-girls school environment. She’s thrilled to be going to Japan. It’s a life long dream come true.

(Ms. Ghiselli was unavailable to write a blurb, so Silvio Berlusconi sent this in on her behalf. He had some extra time.)

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