Jessica Adams Interview

Jessica Adams
Major and Year: Microbiology (Pre-Med) with a minor in Hunger Studies; Sophomore
Interests: Reading, Volunteering, TED Talks

Global Challenge:

The global issues of hunger and poverty interest me because a person's future should not be dictated by the social class they are born into or what is placed on the dinner plate before them as a child. Hunger, malnutrition, and poverty are a reality for many children, through no fault of their own. The consequences of hunger and poverty can be irreversible detrimental effects to a child's physical health and mental capabilities. In this way, a child's potential and future are limited before they even begin to speak, simply because of their circumstances. In turn, these children begin life already at a disadvantage and are more likely to be impoverished and have the same situation occur with their own children. Lifting someone out of poverty and providing them with adequate nutrition can break this cycle. Everyone should be given the opportunity to dictate their own future rather than have their circumstances dictate it for them.

How can other students get involved in the Leadership Challenge?

Auburn University is literally bursting at the seams with programs and organizations focused on solving the global challenges facing our world today. Students can get involved in the Leadership Challenge through leadership programs that the University supports such as LeaderShape and the TEDx event. There are also several student organizations that focus on each global challenge issue specifically. Campus Kitchens, Committee of 19, and the One Campaign are just a few of the organizations on campus that students can get involved in if they are interested in hunger/poverty. The key is to find an issue you are passionate about and make the decision to do something about it. The question is not whether these global challenges can be solved, because the data shows they can be. Rather, the question is what are we going to do to become a part of the solution? Getting involved in the Leadership Challenge here at Auburn is a great place to start.

Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2013

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