PiA Fellow Facebook

2017-2018

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Leland Merrill

Tokyo, Japan

Kalamazoo College '17
Major in Sociology
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Hello! My name is Leland Merrill and in a few months I'll be leaving to work for Ashinaga in Tokyo, Japan.
Some fun things to know about me; I love Jeopardy, being in the kitchen, Michigan craft beers, and birds (all of them). I almost went to school for interior design, but decided my sophomore year to pursue sociology, which has lead me to wanting to go for a master's in social work. Additionally, if you're familiar with the quaint little fish town (a town known for its smoked fish) of Leland, Michigan, then you are familiar with where my name comes from!

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Ryan Miller

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Princeton University '17
Major in Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Hometown: Los Alamitos, CA

Ryan enjoys backpacking, optimization, and Avatar: the Last Airbender. He's passionate about language teaching and outdoor education, and he's super excited to be working in Chiang Mai next year!!

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Michelle Min

Jishou, China

Princeton University '20
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Fullerton, CA

Michelle is excited to step outside her comfort zone this summer, as a traveler, teacher, introvert, and consumer of spicy food. She is interested in languages and culture and learning people’s stories.

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Maia Moog

Kathmandu, Nepal

Skidmore College '14
Major in Neuroscience
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

She's Moogalicious.

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Casey Morrison

Vientiane, Laos

Elon University ’16
Major in Public Health Studies
Hometown: Berne, NY

In addition to convincing people that rural New York is not an oxymoron, Casey’s hobbies include climbing trees, sharing food, not wearing shoes, and tricking people into thinking she’s an extrovert. If you don’t like long conversations, avoid mentioning geography, social justice, wildlife biology, refugees, linguistics, or the Asian continent in her presence. Casey hopes you will excuse her for being hopelaos at puns.

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Casey Morrison

Nonghet, Laos

Elon University '16
Major in Public Health Studies
Hometown: Berne, NY

In addition to convincing people that rural New York is not an oxymoron, Casey's hobbies include climbing trees, sharing food, not wearing shoes, and tricking people into thinking she's an extrovert. If you don't like long conversations, avoid mentioning geography, social justice, wildlife biology, refugees, linguistics, or the Asian continent in her presence. Casey hopes you will her for being hope-Laos at puns.

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Eliza Mott

Luang Prabang, Laos

Princeton University '16
Major in History of Art
Hometown: Could ride a Razor scooter from my childhood home to Maggie Dillon's childhood home in like 6 minutes.

Interests: shopping at Yensabai, khao piak races with Steph Kim, and scamming it up in Luang Prabang with Jessica Arce and Sam Stroup. Follow me on insta: @reallybadfakes #linkinbio

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Peter Moyer

Taichung, Taiwan

Temple University '17
Major in Early Childhood Education
Home Town: Versailles, France

Peter grew up in the country of baguettes, wine and snobs. Self-identifying as one of the latter himself, he enjoys the finer things in life such as fried bugs on a stick, warm Sapporo, and greasy Taiwanese chicken.
Well versed in international communication, he looks forward to using an elaborate sign language involving excessive pointing and awkward laughs, to navigate the fascinating city of Taichung.

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Kanoa Mulling

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Princeton University '15
Major in English
Hometown: Homewood, IL

It's year 2, and Kanoa is still Mulling over the deep questions in life, like whether he's more of a Frodo or a Merry.

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Jordana Narin

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Columbia University '17
Major in Creative Writing
Hometown: Englewood, NJ

Jordana may look like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but she isn't as funny (though she is a certified clown and makes a mean balloon animal). She often writes with caps-lock on and uses lots of exclamation points. While she's sad about her impending long-distance relationship with Shake Shack's shroomburger, she's PSYCHED for a hot and sweaty year of reporting in Colombo!!!!!

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