Meet FIMRC's Operations Specialist, Abi Proctor! Abi has been with FIMRC since September 2013 and manages our Chapters, Interns, Social Media Accounts, and Marathon!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your interests:
I grew up in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and went to Clemson University for undergrad where I majored in public health! I love watching the Clemson Tigers play football, traveling, and playing with my cat, Henry (sometimes featured on FIMRC social media).
How did you decide to pursue a career in global health?
From my first day of undergrad, I knew I wanted to be involved in public health so I pursued a major in Health Promotion and Education. I always enjoyed my Spanish classes in high school, so I decided to get a minor en Español.
My junior year, I got an email from my advisor advertising a trip to Costa Rica with FIMRC and from there, it was a done deal. My trip to Project Alajuelita solidified my passion for global health and the work that FIMRC does.
What surprised you most about working at fimrc hq?
How small the office is! There are literally only three of us manning the office stateside. It's crazy to see how small the world can be when contacting staff and interns through Whatsapp and Skype!
What advice do you have to those who want to volunteer?
SIGN UP, Y'ALL! It truly was a defining moment in my life (cheesy but I don't care!) that led me to pursue my current career in public health. Once you're signed up and at the project site, stay flexible and keep an open mind!
What is the funniest thing you've experienced at FIMRC HQ?
A returned volunteer sent in a bunch of plastic spiders to the office to send down to kids at a project site. The spiders were pretty realistic so I decided to hide them around the office and scare people. Halloween's coming up and I have a few more tricks up my sleeve...
Also - when I set the office on fire :)
What is a typical day like for you at the office?
Every day is a bit different for me! Most days I get to work at 9 and answer emails and assist Maghan with speaking to prospective volunteers. That is typically the only thing that stays consistent for me all week! Depending on the time of year, I could be working on Chapter resources, conducting interviews for the Internship Program, or creating newsletters for our Marathon Program. Every day is different for me which keeps things exciting! We usually leave the office around 5 but sometimes I spend my evenings going to some of our local chapters' events!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
This past March, I went on a cruise with my family. On the first day at sea, I was feeling lucky so I decided to play BINGO and I won $500!