Maggie Selesky, a native of Birmingham, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Italian. While at university, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer of her sorority, Assistant Team Leader for the Bettering Bama community action team, and Student Leader for Al’s Pals. Maggie plans to attend medical school after her time with Impact.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
My favorite service experience in college was travelling with Beyond Bama to serve in Washington D. C. over spring break in 2017. We met local leaders in the community and worked at a daycare, soup kitchen and food bank, homeless shelter, and pregnancy center. We had the amazing opportunity to explore the intersection of service and civic engagement with Bread for the World, a non-profit food security advocacy group, and visit Capitol Hill to lobby our members of Congress on behalf of food-assistance programs. Although I was familiar with the challenges faced in addressing the rural poverty that is common in the regions of Alabama where I had previously served, it was an interesting and eye-opening experience to see firsthand the similarities and differences between rural and urban poverty.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to travel! My experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland gave me life-long friends and encouraged my passion for seeing as much of the world as I can. I also enjoy running, listening to podcasts, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is a paraphrase of a famous Jewish proverb, “If not me then who? If not now then when?”. To me, this proverb serves as a reminder of the difference between knowing what is right and doing what is right. Everyone has the strength to be an agent of change and a source of light, and we owe it to ourselves and each other to capitalize on every opportunity to shape the world for the better, even if in a small way.