Laura Patterson is pursuing a degree in Anthropology with minors in both Physics and Social Change at the University of Louisville. After graduating high school in 2011, she embarked on a gap year, which included domestic and international travel, service, and learning. While serving as a teacher at a school in Ecuador, she saw the incredible value that a quality education has to not only break the cycle of poverty in a community, but also open the doors for individual growth and creativity. At the University of Louisville she joined the Brown Fellows Class of 2016 and the D1 lacrosse team. Through this scholarship program she had opportunities to travel to Ghana, Vietnam, and on Semester at Sea where her passions for education, service, travel, and sports were combined and fulfilled. Today, she is working with Resolution Fellows, Sophie Connot and Jessica Razanadrakoto to create Camp Fihavanana, a summer camp in Madagascar that gives students opportunities to learn lessons of leadership and teamwork that cannot be found in the classroom through sports, arts, and hands on activities.