Sami is one of Mizzou Global Brigades Co-Presidents for this school year. She is a junior Nutritional Sciences Pre-Dental student here at Mizzou. Sami grew up in Springfield, MO, but now resides in St. Louis. Sami is a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, and served as a PanHellenic Counselor for PanHellenic’s 2016 Formal Recruitment process. She completed her first half marathon this past April, and is currently training for a second half coming up in November. She has been a member of Global Brigades for two years now, and previously served as the Fundraising Chair. Sami has gone on Medical/Dental Brigades the last two years. A fun fact about Sami is, scared of birds, scared of animals, allergic to everything…had to call her mom for these.
Do you have any advice for new brigaders?
"Go into your brigade with an open mind, and it will for sure be the best week of your life!"
What was a memory that you made while on the brigade?
“I had the opportunity to give children in the community their first fluoride treatment, and seeing the big smiles they had after has stayed with me. You don't usually see children coming out of seeing a dentist with huge smiles, so it was really special to be a part of that.”
What was your favorite thing about working in country?
“My favorite thing about working in country is all of the experiences you get. Not only are you getting hands-on experience for your future career, but you get to meet so many inspiring people and share this experience with them.”
What was your favorite food served in country?
What is something funny or odd that happened to you in country?
“All of the girls on my brigade were staying in one big room. We had a 6-inch cockroach appear one night in our room, and we woke up the entire compound with our screams.”
"Global Brigades offers you a unique experience to not only help others change their lives, but to have them change yours. Every person leaves the brigade changed for the better, whether it be a community member who finally got the medication they needed, or a brigadier who is leaving with a new perspective." ~Sami Mahaffey