Sami Thurber was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a major in Global Public Health and a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality. In her time as an undergraduate, Sami enjoyed performing on UVa’s oldest competitive hip hop crew, X-Tasee. She plans on pursuing a Masters of Public Health after serving with Impact America.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
My favorite quote is actually a Spanish one by Maria C. Lugones, an Argentine feminist philosopher and social critic: “Una sola voz nos mata a las dos.” In English this essentially means that one dominant voice doesn’t allow room for multiple, equally important opinions– and essentially reminds me of the importance in considering why certain stories are told over others.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I had an axolotl as a pet during college. An axolotl is an aquatic salamander that is honestly really strange-looking and, in my opinion, cute. I first learned about it during high school Biology; there was a picture of a little axolotl in my textbook and I decided that one day I’d have one of my own. I realized that dream during my junior year of college and decided to name my little axolotl after my favorite Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.