Michaela Houston wanted to begin her 21st year of life with meaning. This summer, she experienced the birthday of a lifetime, though in a different way than most college students typically imagine.
Michaela worked with the Borgen Project, a non-profit organization based out of Seattle that works with Congress to shorten the poverty gap and address hunger in developing countries.
Michaela spent her summer calling Congress, writing letters and informing people of the Borgen Project's cause. Additionally, she recruited interns and volunteers and assisted in the hiring process to increase the number of members on their team. After her internship concluded, Michaela traveled to Nicaragua where she taught English and built houses in addition to other work. This trip was all Michaela asked for her 21st birthday; she wanted to gain the ground experience necessary to continue advocating for the people in developing countries.
As a political science major with a focus in sustainability and a minor in communications, Michaela hopes to use her degree to continue to help developing countries through governmental work in the United States. "Humans are as one," she said, "and I hope that people can see themselves as citizens without borders and understand that a simple call to Congress in support of a bill could help the lives of millions."