Annie Plotkin

Described as spontaneous and empathetic, Annie is the Captain of her cross country team, the founder of a volunteer organization at her school called the Greenbrier Group, and a flautist. Annie believes that laughing is the best part of her day and she’s committed to making people feel at home by making them crack up – even if it’s at her expense.


Alumni Learnings from Ashoka Future Forum

At this year’s Ashoka FutureForum, I got the chance to witness a celebration of Global Citizen Year and youth empowerment, two things that have proved formative in my recent years. I was generously invited by virtue of my alumni status and stayed for the diverse…

06 July, 2015

Food For Thought

Feijão, arroz, cururú, moqueca, vatapá, churrasco, pirão, quiabada, vatapa, acarajé. Bahians do not mess around when it comes to their food, and as a result, I can’t fit into anything I brought with me when I first packed for my year in Brazil. Every day,…

07 March, 2012

Fina Estampa

Every night besides Sunday night, you can find me on the couch from 6:00 to 7:00, and then 9:00 to 10:30 to watch my two favorite Brazilian soap operas. My host family jokes that I’m an addicted noveleira, and if I miss one episode I…

04 January, 2012

Reality Check

At Fall Training for Global Citizen Year, we were taught to be open-minded, compassionate, and to expect the unexpected. By the time our departure rolled around, I was sure that I was going to be the American that broke down all the barriers and stereotypes;…

09 November, 2011


Among the deluge of advice I got before departing for Brazil, one common piece was to beware of the Brazilian men. I brushed it off along with “strap your passport to your body at all times!” but I realize now that the first piece of…

14 October, 2011

What Would You Do With a Year? Video From Brazil 2012

20 September, 2011

The Dog That Broke My Heart

Sunday in Salvador is a quiet day for Brazilians to cook at home with their families and walk the beach. For Gringos who do not have a kitchen, Sunday is a day to search for the few restaurants that are open in order to get…

13 September, 2011

Learning to Unleash; A Day With the Girl Effect

On the morning that the Nike Girl Effect came to Stanford, eleven of us debated about whether the card that said “financial reserves that can be used for an emergency” should go under responsibilities for a girl that was 14 or 16. Then we discussed…

12 September, 2011

Goodbyes and Beginnings

Two weeks ago, I wouldn’t have pictured myself standing outside a Stanford dorm at 4 in the morning to wave goodbye to 45 fellows on their way to Senegal and Ecuador. As a recent high school graduate, it takes a lot for me to give…

02 September, 2011

Entering a Shrinking World

Before stumbling across Global Citizen Year, my plans for the future were nebulous. After finishing a grueling college experience, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to head straight back to the classroom that had wrung me dry just in time for graduation. However, I wasn’t…

05 July, 2011

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Annie Plotkin