PiA Fellow Facebook

2017-2018

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Kim Chu

Vientiane, Laos

University of Southern California '14
Major in Business Administration
Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Over the last 3 years, Kim has worked on 10 different consulting projects, lived out of a suitcase for a year (aka was homeless), checked out the best ice cream places in SF, and volunteered with various nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. In her spare time, Kim enjoys solo backpacking trips, eating out/cooking with friends, having Tea with Strangers (teawithstrangers.com), book clubs, and exploring nooks & crannies of new cities. After Kim's first solo backpacking trip to Brazil in 2015, she has made a vow with herself to travel solo at least once a year and can't wait to make it a one way trip to Laos this year!

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Samantha Cody

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Princeton University '17
Major in Physics
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Samantha Cody loves food, music, and dancing. She's currently working on her creative writing and physics theses, as well as trying to graduate. She's excited to be in Cambodia next year, where she'll be teaching science in innovative and project-oriented ways, and eating lots of food.

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Chris Coffey

Vientiane, Laos

Georgetown University '16
Major in Philosophy & Spanish
Hometown: Denver, CO

I recently broke up with my man bun, so we're not really on speaking terms. To distract myself, I like to take long walks across the Manhattan Bridge and chat with the pigeons occasionally. Beer, bikes, and books are my keys to success. Ask me about my Hong Kong story.

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Miles Cooper

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Colorado College '17
Major in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Hometown: New York City, NY

I like snow and motorcycles

I am pretty good looking (or so my mum tells me)

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Maddy Dahm

Colombo, Sri Lanka

University of California, Santa Barbara '16
Major in Physical Geography
Hometown: Isla Vista, CA

Ready to have a Dahm good second year as a PiA fellow in Colombo.

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Tara Dear

Yangon, Myanmar

Yale-NUS College '17
Major in Arts and Humanities
Hometown: Singapore

Tara's favourite time of day is 5am, which earned her eternal shame on a university orientation camp when she was given the job of waking everybody up before the crack of dawn. When not singing cheery morning songs, she does yoga and ponders the intricacies of English grammar. In her ideal world, everybody would know the difference between its and it's, and she'd be going to live in Yangon for a year. At least one of those things is true.

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Virginia Dillon

Kathmandu, Nepal

Duke University '15
Major in Public Policy Studies
Hometown: Durham, NC

After a four-year hiatus, Virginia is returning to Kathmandu for fragrant walks along the Bagmati and Hermann Helmer’s donuts. She looks forward to more rain than she can handle and difficulties explaining Nepal's time zone.

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Hunter Dong

Manila, Philippines

Princeton University '17
Major in Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Hometown: Manhasset, NY

Hunter submitted this blurb very late as he was figuring out a way to apply his senior thesis to find the optimal path to eat his way through the Philippines next year. The code is still running, he'll get back to you on that. He's wanted to be a PiA fellow since getting stuck on the side of a mountain in Cambodia after running out of gas on a moto. He also pays special attention to fuel gauges now.

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Tabatha Donley

Bangsak, Thailand

George Mason University ’17
Major in Global Affairs and Social Justice
Hometowns: Yokosuka, Japan and Honolulu, HI

Four years in D.C. was plenty for Tabatha: she’s ready to connect back to da `aina (earth) and spread aloha (okay, more like English grammar) across Chiang Rai – soaking up the Thai sun and avoiding any talk of snow. When she’s not dismantling white supremacy, you can find her vibin’ to Oddisee, concocting natural remedies, or ballin’ with the fellas. She’s excited to teach…and to upgrade her ride: good-bye D.C. Metro, helloooo motorbike! (yes, dad, I will be careful).

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Patrick Drown

Kathmandu, Nepal

Georgetown University '17
Major in Foreign Serve & Culture and Politics, Minor in Arabic
Hometown: Easton, MA

Patrick Drown is graduating from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2017. He hails from a suburb of Boston called Easton, Massachusetts, which is most known for its history of shovel production. For the last two years of high school he attended an international boarding school in New Mexico called United World College.

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