Erin Pugh

Erin is passionate about the pursuit of knowledge, self-improvement, and human rights. In high school, she organized and facilitated diversity workshops for her peers and led the campus LGBTQ+ advocacy group. Along with participating in student government, model UN, and mock legislature, Erin worked at the polls on Election Day and organized a voter registration drive. Her goals for this year include gaining personal clarity, making lasting connections, and picking up a new skill—whatever it may be. One of Erin’s favourite quotes is from the movie Harvey: "In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” -Elwood P. Dowd


Armchair Psychology

Hello! I have seriously neglected this blog for the past several months. Mea culpa. But today is my birthday, so I think I deserve some absolution for that. Now that I’m nineteen, the secrets of the universe have finally laid themselves before my eyes. I know exactly who I am and why I’m on this…

02 March, 2020

On Normaility

I’ve been meaning to write another blog for a while, but (believe it or not) I couldn’t think of anything particularly exceptional to write about. For the most part, life in Senegal doesn’t surprise me anymore. I’ve grown used to sitting cross legged with my family as we eat from a single dish. Without thinking,…

12 November, 2019

Three Vignettes

     This past weekend marked my first full month with my host family (only seven left!). It always surprises me how quickly the initial adjustment period can pass. Just days into my stay at Stanford (for Global Launch) and at the Tostan Training Center (for in-country orientation) I remarked, “It feels like we’ve been here forever.”…

06 October, 2019

My Global Citizen Year Overview

      Hi! Welcome to my blog where I’ll be posting (frequency tbd) about my bridge year for the next few months. I haven’t actually left the country yet, so I thought it would be most useful to answer some basic questions: Where am I now?        Global Launch! It’s our entry training held…

28 August, 2019

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