Ruth, her three sisters, and parents moved to the mid-Michigan area permanently in 1997 from Windhoek, Namibia where Ruth was born. In part, due to the encouragement from her parents and high school guidance counselor, Ruth pursued college.
Ruth chose to attend Alma College because of the international travel opportunities, academic excellence, and intimate campus setting it offered. As a student, Ruth became a Resident Assistant, worked at the library and Off Campus Studies Office, studied abroad in Accra, Ghana for one semester her sophomore year, was awarded the Posey Global scholarship which allowed her to volunteer in Kitale, Kenya and intern at the Women's Affairs Department in Gaborone, Botswana and mentored underclassmen through the First Generation Mentoring program.
After four life changing years at Alma, Ruth went on to serve one year as an AmeriCorps member in Lansing, Michigan as a Healthy U Advocate at End Violent Encounters Inc., a local domestic abuse shelter, and served a second year through Michigan Nonprofit Association with the Mentoring to Access Corps program. Ruth now finds herself in northeast China teaching English as a second language to the local youth of Benxi.
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