Catherine Li was born in Washington DC, and raised in China and Singapore. She graduated from Cornell University with a major in bioengineering and minors in inequality studies and biomedical engineering. While in school, Catherine had the opportunity to be a residential adviser in Cornell’s Multicultural Living Learning Unit and a peer counselor for the Empathy, Assistance & Referral Service. Catherine hopes to attend graduate school for public health or psychology after serving with Impact America.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to listen to podcasts! Some of my favorites are This American Life, We Live Here, and Hidden Brain. I also like listening to people’s stories, exploring new places, reading, baking, and playing the piano.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
One of my most meaningful experiences in college was being able to attend a program called New York City Urban Project (NYCUP) for three consecutive spring breaks. At NYCUP, I learned how to change the way I see the world, respond to issues, and steward my resources before seeking relational and systemic change.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
Last summer, I tagged along with a friend to volunteer at House of Help, a food pantry in Hempstead, Texas. I was really touched by the kindness of the people there and their tireless service to the community.