PiA Fellow Facebook

2005-2006

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Brent Scharschmidt

Fellow of the Fortnight

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Brent Scharschmidt is an English major from Princeton University. He sweats in warm weather and when eating spicy food, and wonders what the combination of the two next year will do to his dress shirts and self-esteem. Before going to Thailand he will spend the summer at home in San Francisco studying Thai, roadtripping around the Southwest with his friends, and trying to dream up the perfect lesson plan. He’s pysched beyond words to be going to Asia.

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Amy Seng

Singapore, Singapore

Pia 2nd Year
Also cannot, lah.

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Angela Sherwood

Dili, Timor-Leste

Pia 2nd Year Angela Sherwood:
Silence is golden.

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Laura Smith

Fellow of the Fortnight

Rach Gia, Vietnam

Writing her thesis on a fault in Mongolia (think San Andreas in California) first got Laura thinking about spending more time in Asia.  Having majored in geological engineering she is used to being cold up in the mountains looking at rocks and felt that a change to flat and warm might be necessary (at least to realize how spoiled she was and to not grow complacent about mountains). Not to worry though, working on a tall ship solidified her love of the water and Rach Gia is right on the Gulf of Thailand.  She hopes that her teaching skills learned in training and teaching others about wilderness first aid and the outdoors will somehow translate into a classroom full of verbs and tenses.

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Teresa Soroka

Bangkok, Thailand
AIG

Tess Soroka likes to wear pearls and can’t wait to get some major bargain shopping done in Asia , but she also likes to make hemp necklaces and certainly isn’t going to be one freaking out about squat toilets and bugs that aren’t supposed to be in her food.  Princeton University has recently been her most permanent home, but she was born in Scotland and grew up in Washington State, Australia, and Japan.  She’s going to miss going to indie rock concerts, but she can’t wait to meet new people, take pictures of exciting places and things, learn Asian cooking and eat all the tropical fruit she loves.

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Morgan Strecker

Bangkok, Thailand

Morgan Strecker studied at Davidson College and completed a B.A. in Political Science.  After teaching hormonal sixth grade students for a year in Washington DC, she opted for graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University (no she is not a professional teacher!) and earned her degree in International Educational Development. After a second round of applications to law school and yet again applications for another masters degree, she chose the much more exciting path of the non-profit world with hopes of learning a new language, feeling lost (and sick) for lengthy periods of time, embracing farang as her new name, and engaging in contagious laughter.

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Karen Tuddenham

Kunming, China

Pleads the Fifth.

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Ann Waddell

Fellow of the Fortnight

Beijing, China

Ann Waddell, originally from Grand Rapids, MI, graduated from Princeton in 2002.  She worked for the Manhattan D.A.’s Office after college, but quickly traded law to complete an M.F.A. in photography in Boston.  You can see the beginnings of her website at www.annwaddell.com.  Ann has traveled all over China, Iceland, and Vietnam, and will soon lead an unknowing bunch of high school students around a village in Fiji.   She looks forward to buying a bicycle and trying to reclaim her Chinese, in addition to eating endless supplies of roll haw andred bean buns.

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Alice Warren-Gregory

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Alice Warren-Gregory was a Comparative Literature major at Princeton, and enjoyed pretending that her department was superior to all others in the humanities. She is originally from NYC by way of San Francisco, so she considers herself bi-coastal. She is excited about going to Kazakhstan where she hopes to secure a wool coat made of yak hair and some mare’s milk soap. She is also looking forward to becoming fluent in her third language, Russian. As she writes this blurb, Alice is wearing a shirt that says “Sweet Potato” on it, but, in general, she is not very sweet, though sometimes she does feel rather like a potato – starchy with very little nutritional content.

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Suzanne Welles

Singapore, Singapore

Suzanne Welles graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and then moved to New York to work for the Ittleson Foundation and later for the travel publisher, Rough Guides--a division of Penguin Books.  After five years spent pouring over guidebooks and dreaming of living in Asia, she decided to apply to PiA and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to live in Singapore.  Originally from the South, Suzanne enjoys a good bowl of grits and the smell of boxwood on warm evenings.  She loves to read, cook, watch movies, and take pictures.  She also loves maps of the world and can’t wait to find herself on the opposite side of one.

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