Hello! My name is Marina Mai and I am so excited to be one of the 2015 GROW Interns! I will be working in Iganga with the Youth Resource Center on UDHA’s sexual and reproductive health initiatives.
I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area – shout out to the Golden State Warriors! I am a rising senior on the pre-med track and this year I will be completing majors in Anthropology and French with a minor in Ballet. I have been an avid dancer since the age of three and love crafting, cooking, engaging with nature and being an older sister/cousin to the most wonderful munchkins there ever were 🙂
While I don’t want to limit my GROW experience by going in with a set of expectations, I have spent a lot of time thinking about opportunities for intentionality this summer! 1) I want to better understand the reality of working in global health. 2) I want to explore how I fit into the larger picture and ways I want to continue working in this field in the future. But most importantly… 3) I want to learn from the people of Uganda what only the people of Uganda can teach me. There is much to learn from going to another culture and from the stories I’ll hear there. I hope to make this experience a part of my personal story, to bring back and share with others and to strengthen the brotherhood that is the core of our GlobeMed/UDHA partnership.
So far I’ve spent a significant portion of this summer watching Dr. Who with my little brother so I’m ready to go out into the universe and do some exploring of my own!