Traveling has always been a constant in Mary Zhou’s life. Born in China, Mary moved to Canada at the age of six and America at the age of twelve; and this summer, she will travel San Francisco, Paris, and Madrid. Exposure to all the diversity and richness the world has to offer has inspired Mary to major in International Relations, alongside a major in English at UC Berkeley.
Being in so many different places has been a catalyst for Mary’s growth, especially in terms of public speaking. Mary’s passion for expression has manifested mostly in her involvement in theatre and speech and debate. During high school, she participated in both activities for three years, each year with increasing zeal. On top of being stage manager, stage crew, and a choreographer for theatre, Mary was historian of both speech and debate. She traveled locally and regionally to compete, with her proudest accomplishment as a championship at Pepperdine, and a finalist spot at the National Stanford Tournament. In addition to these extracurriculars, Mary loved being part of One Voice, a club in which she helped elementary students develop public speaking skills, and being Vice President of her Chinese Youth Council. Through being in many leadership positions that required effective public speaking, Mary has gained crucial self-confidence in her high school career, for which she is forever grateful. She has also learned to use her communication skills to serve her community, an experience that has motivated Mary to join politics.
Now, she looks forward to continuing her theatre career in college, as well as expanding her debating horizons with Model UN. Someday, she hopes to part of UNICEF, or Amnesty International, or any other global service organization. Immersing herself in the myriad cultures of the world and learning about these cultures is paramount to Mary. She also wishes to expose her community to global issues such as sustainable development and poverty through writing about her experiences, thus incorporating her love for English and International Relations. Finally, she is ecstatic about CAUSE, about diving further in the field of public policy and communications, and learning how to become the public service worker she aspires to be.