The book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” details the work of Paul Farmer, an epidemiologist who combated TB in its most resistent form, MDR TB. His work is extraordinary because it spanned multiple nations and had real tangible impacts on the communities he served. I read Paul Farmer’s book while in Peru working with the Peace Corp, which is one of the countries hit hardest by TB and one of Paul Farmer’s success stories. I chose this book as my artifact because it instilled within me the deep belief in potential of individual power. It is this belief that has driven me to study politics and subsequently shaped my political aspirations. The quote by Margaret Mead perfectly summarizes this idea: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
The book represents the source of my inspiration in my political pursuits and establishes the perfect theme for my years at Ohio State. I hope to develop into the thoughtful, committed citizen that can reach the world through her work and change the things around her in the extraordinary ways that we’re capable of.