PiA Fellow Facebook

2016-2017

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Joe Gayeski

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
University of Edinburgh ‘15
Major in International Relations
Hometown: Cheshire, CT
 
“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” =Derek Zoolander
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Gerard Gayou

Shihezi, China
George Washington University ‘16
Major in International Affairs and Chinese
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
 
Gerard is a big fan of toasted ravioli (yes, it’s a thing) and the Google News App. If he had to pick one movie role to play, it would definitely be Bruce the Shark in Finding Nemo. Given that basketball is the most popular sport in China,it’s a given that Gerard will be discovering the lost art of the mid-range jumper over the summer.
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Mallory Graves

Bangkok, Thailand
Sewanee: The University of the South ‘16
Major in Sustainability and Economics
Hometown: Nashville, TN
 
Mallory is from Nashville, y’all, and is hoping that one of the perks of working for WWF is meeting a panda. After traveling through Central America and realizing her name in Spanish translates roughly to “terribly bad,” she is interested in learning another language. She’s never been to Asia and she’s pretty sure she exceeds the height limit so someone should check on that...
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Shannon Griffin

Shanghai, China
Bates College ‘16
Major in Chinese, Psychology
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
 
As a military brat I love exploring new places and the impressions that they leave on me. Although I’m use to military time and can quote “Top Gun” like nobody’s business, I have a soft side - Chinchillas are my favorite animal. Let’s relax, eat, and try to unpack all of Beyonce’s visual albums!
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Nick Hathaway

Beijing, China
University of Missouri ‘15
Major: Journalism
Home town: Saint Peters, MO
 
Hathawither, Hathaway. Hath thee any pathaways?
Whither to dither all the day, to find a path or lose the way?
Hathawither, Hathaway. Hath the withered ways of old been slayed?
Whither to dither, whither to stay?
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Kelsey Henderson

Tokyo, Japan
Princeton University ‘15
Major in East Asian Studies
Hometown: Fairfax Station, Virginia

After writing her thesis about Japanese working women, Kelsey is happy to tell you that she’s now a working woman in Japan herself. She’s been spending her days chasing after mischevious children and her nights eating as much authen- tic ramen as humanly possible. Kelsey’s PiA for life, but if you wanna see her in Asia, better stop by Tokyo this year!

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Esmeralda (Momo) Herrera

Beijing, China
Reed College ’14
Major in Linguistics
Hometown: Bronx, NY
 
“I got to work with some awesome kids
Build them up is what I did
But off the clock, I bust a move
I ride the groove like there’s nothing to lose.”
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Rose Hinman

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Columbia University ‘16
Major in Russian Language and Culture
Hometowns: Englewood Cliffs, NJ and Falls Church, VA

Rose has just finished her undergraduate study of Russian and Linguistics in May of 2016, and is thrilled to be ship- ping off to glorious Central Asia. She moved every two years or so growing up, and has lived in five countries prior to Ka- zakhstan. She loves languages, Soviet history, hiking, travel [hit me up for couch-surfing adventuresss!], and crafting. In order to survive the harsh Central Asian winter, Rose plans to knit herself into a woolen burrito, learn as much Kazakh as possible, and learn to love horse meat. She will emerge heartier in the spring, one with the steppe.

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Catherine Hochman

Shihezi, China
Princeton University ‘16
Major in Philosophy
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
 
Catherine loves to play board games and eat all things chocolate. She’s super close to her younger sister, and the two enjoy sibling dates filled with Chinese take-out, ice cream, dance parties and long walks with their three dogs. Catherine has enjoyed 22 years of life in the tri-state area, but is psyched to explore the landscapes of western China next year.
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Calvin Hong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
University of Kentucky ’16
Major in Biochemistry
Hometown: Lexington, KY

Nominated as his service fraternity’s “Funniest Brother,” Calvin likes to explore the more comical aspects of life. To balance his whimsical nature, Calvin currently works in a re- search lab synthesizing new compounds for transistor usage. His passion for learning is not limited to only the sciences; he embraces the liberal arts as well. With his PiA fellowship, Calvin is ecstatic to shape young minds and instill in them the same passion for learning that he has.

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