Brian Raftrey '14

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Cell biology, Stanford University

Hometown: Palo Alto, California

Major: Biology

Interests/pleasures: hiking, skiing, gardening

Best travel experience: backpacking in Kings Canyon National Park, California

Caitlin Morley '15

Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Marshall Scholarship finalist

English Teaching Assistantship, Colombia

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Anthropology

Interests: reading, especially murder mysteries or anything macabre; drawing; new places; new and weird foods.

Best travel experience: hitching a ride on a tractor in Chile or encountering a family of howler monkeys while hiking along Colombia's Pacific Coast

What people don't know about me: I love to collect new words. I have sticky notes and old receipts with new words littering my purse and every drawer.

Words to live by: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Beverly Li '14

Lantos/HIA Congressional Fellowship

Appointment to the office of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.)

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Major: Psychology

Best travel experience: backpacking across Europe by myself

What people don't know about me: I can't drive, swim or ride a bike

Words to live by: "Your silence will not protect you." -Audre Lorde

Mackenzie Gerringer '12

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Organismal biology, University of Hawaii

Hometown: Lafayette, California

Majors: Biology, German Studies

Interests/pleasures: Walks in pretty places, crochet, coffee, books, fruit, "Star Trek"

Best travel experience: adventures in New Zealand

Words to live by: "Connect."

Nina Finley '17

Udall Scholarship (2), Goldwater Scholarship, Hollings Scholarship

Environmental studies and leadership

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Biology-Environmental Studies

Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, birding, raising meat rabbits

Best travel experience: floating the Tiputini River in the Amazon rainforest during my sophomore year abroad

What people don't know about me: I started college as a dairy science major.

Words to live by: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Molly Emmett '15

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

English Teaching Assistantship, Czech Republic

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Major: English

Interests/pleasures: Beach volleyball, languages, films, books, music (whatever, whenever)

Best travel experience: reading Ulysses aloud in Dublin with a bunch of Irish seniors

What people don't know about me: I write reminders on my hands every day.

Words to live by: "to hate/is an easy lazy thing/but to love/takes strength/ everyone has/but not all are/willing to practice" - Rupi Kaur

Sarah Debs '15


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland

Hometown: Monte Sereno, California

Major: Biology 

Interests/pleasures: Sharks, hiking, brains

Best travel experience: Nine hours in New York

What people don't know about me: Eating ice cream as a full meal is acceptable at all hours

Words to live by: "All things grow."

Janni Conrad ’15

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Research: Arsenic contamination and human health, Mexico

Hometown: Granby, Colorado

Major: Chemistry

Interests/pleasures: oatmeal, coffee, socks

Best travel experience: saving a trapped donkey in Spain

What people don't know about me: I consider all squirrels to be my arch nemeses.

Words to live by: "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

Rhiannon Clarke ’15

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

English Teaching Assistantship, Argentina

Hometown: Olympia, Washington

Majors: Spanish, Philosophy

Interests/pleasures: Creative writing, foreign languages, drawing, animals

Best travel experience: the walk from the Blue Mosque to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul 

What people don't know about me: I keep a detailed dream journal.

Words to live by: "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." -Rumi

Maxx Borges ’18

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

Academic study, Wales Summer Institute

Hometown: New Bedford, Massachusetts

Interests/pleasures: Being a writer who doesn't write and a reader who never has time to read; alternatively, dogs and keeping my ears warm

Best travel experience: A night on the town in Aberystwyth, Wales

What people don't know about me: I wrote a book! I'm still editing it, though.

Words to live by: "Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Alegria Olmedo '12

Princeton in Asia Fellowship

Environmental Conservation with TRAFFIC, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador

Interests/pleasures: Charcoal drawing, dancing, running, writing

Best travel experience: Visiting Burma's ancient capital, Bagan, in 2011

What people don't know about me: I really wish I could sing well.

Words to live by: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." (Dr. Seuss)

Jessica Salvador ’07

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

English teaching assistantship, Bolu, Turkey

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Interests/pleasures: teaching, cooking, preserving food, backgammon, painting

Best travel experience: Trying a macaroon for the first time in Paris when I was 13. We called them "dessert hamburgers"!

What people don't know about me: I could grow old happily in Walla Walla.

Words to live by: "Alice laughed. ‘One can't believe impossible things.' ‘I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. ‘. . .Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'"
(Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, 1871)

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