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Hi!  My name is Kate Macakanja, and I’m from Chicago (go Cubs!).  I live with my parents and my younger sister; we have a dog named Carson.  In my free time I like to read, write, spend time with my friends, and be outdoors.  I love to rock climb, and I’ve been working with UNICEF for the past several years.  At Princeton, I’m hoping to study astrophysics.  I’ve always loved space, and a lot of the new interdisciplinary opportunities in the field are fascinating to me.

I’m so excited to go to Senegal!  I love to travel, and I’m thrilled to get the chance to delve in to a new culture.  This is an adventure, and I love adventure.  I’m excited to take a year off from school to learn in a totally different way, and I’m confident that this experience will be life-changing.