Mary Graves Interview


Mary Graves
Major and Year: Nutrition Science; Sophomore
Interests: Traveling, reading, Haiti, fighting hunger, and anything medical related.

What global challenge(s) are you most interested in and why?

If I had to choose just one I would say Hunger and Poverty because it affects every aspect of life. When you are hungry, that is all that is important and your life suddenly revolves around obtaining enough food. If you are hungry you can not focus in school or because of poverty you may not even be able to go to school, and without an education the cycle of poverty will continue. Being hungry leaves you more susceptible to diseases, but you can probably not afford health care. The effects are far reaching but on the other hand, breaking the chains of hunger and poverty alleviates many of the other challenges families are facing as well. Hunger is not something that only happens in far off places; it is happening right here in Lee County and there is something we can all do to help.

How can students at Auburn University contribute to the Leadership Challenge?

The first step students can take towards getting involved in the Leadership challenge is becoming educated on the five topics the challenge is focused on. It is important to know what you're up against and effective ways to contribute. Once you start learning about these challenges it evokes passion and suddenly you want to do everything possible to help in the fight. The next step is taking action and fortunately Auburn's campus is a great place to start. There are so many great organizations already helping to solve these global challenges such as Committee of 19, Students for Education Reform, One, Operation Smile, and many, many more. Also, get involved in your local community by volunteering at the food bank or mentoring a child. Lastly, carry on your passion past college and let it transform your life. I will be the first to say that learning about these challenges caused me to change my major and even my future plans. Whether you devote your whole life to fighting these challenges, or you volunteer once a week, or you simply donate money to a cause it is all important and all worthwhile.

Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2013

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