“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Be happy. Eat mangoes. Pursue my passions. Sing in the stairwell. Laugh like a hyena. Open my heart to love. Dance as often as possible. Smile frequently. Play soccer until my knees give out. Count my blessings. Be a fantastic aunt. Learn incessantly. Cry when necessary. Question relentlessly. Run the NY marathon. Tempt fate. Share my infectious enthusiasm/energy. Lead courageously. Cherish friendships. Help others as I have been helped.

I am a devoted citizen of the world, and studying and working abroad has been my passion since high school. I found my calling developing projects to assist refugees in Cote d'Ivoire and helping build small businesses in Vietnam. I've strengthened programs that directly and indirectly improved the lives of thousands of people in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

After traveling and living in 55 countries, I am surprisingly happy living in the US again. I think I'm ready to make an impact in my own country, among my own people. In many ways the problems are harder and more intractable here, but I am invigorated by the challenge of pursuing my passion for changing the world—and beginning here at home. The world is waiting!

— Heidi Brooks