It’s not difficult to find someone who wants to change the world. It’s harder to find a person who will actually make the effort and take action. Not surprisingly, UCI is home to many of the latter, and School of Social Sciences alumna Nikita Patel is one of them. Three years after graduating with her bachelor’s in both international studies and political science, she dropped everything - including a comfortable corporate job - and flew to South Africa to begin work with the Peace Corps. Now she’s home, and ready to tackle international development issues from U.S. soil.

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