Anna Szalay grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, but spent much of her childhood exploring the vast forests and clear waters in Northern Michigan. Curiosity and a desire to learn about new places rooted itself deep within Anna after hours spent reading National Geographic stories written by change-makers and explorers. Anna’s love for new places and the environment followed her to Grand Valley State University in 2015 and then later to Lüneburg, Germany, where she studied for a semester in 2017.
Throughout her time at university, Anna hosted educational programs centered around democratic engagement through her job in the Office of Student Life while also educating students about waste-sorting and low-impact lifestyles as the communications intern in the Office of Sustainability. Working for Grand Valley and being engaged in student organizations allowed Anna to share her passions for civic engagement, sustainability, and community service with others.
Anna is looking forward to spending a year teaching English in Austria and engaging with her new community. Above all else in life, she strives to live simply, hold integrity, and foster an inclusive atmosphere for all.