Altoona alumna heads to Costa Rica with the Peace Corps

Lauren Hatch, an Altoona native and a May 2012 graduate with a degree in letters, arts and sciences, currently is a research assistant for professor Sandra Petrulionis at Penn State Altoona. But in March, she will embark on her life’s dream when she spends the next 27 months in Costa Rica with the Peace Corps. “When I found out I was accepted,” she said, “I was overjoyed. I started crying. This is something I can say I’ve wanted more than anything else in my life.”

She’s been dreaming about joining the Peace Corps, doing humanitarian work and living in a foreign country since high school. “I’ve always had a desire to live in another culture and soak it all up. And, I’ve always wanted to do nonprofit work internationally, so this is a great foot in the door.”

To read the rest of Hatch's story, go to http://www.altoona.psu.edu/ivyleaf/t.php?v=057008001.

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Last Updated March 26, 2013