Senior Mary Grimes reported that she is considering joining the Peace Corps after college, despite being bothered by the tiniest inconveniences in her own apartment.
“I know the lifestyle will be difficult, but I really think I can do it,” said Grimes, who once cried over a cranberry juice stain on the carpet. “I just really want to challenge myself and do something adventurous.”
Grimes said that she believes life in the Peace Corps will be “character-building,” exposing her to all kinds of new people and testing her skills when it comes to problem solving and teamwork, something she says she’s prepared for.
“I’ve had a lot of experience with leadership and collaboration. Just last week, my roommates threw a party and I convinced them to clean up at 3 a.m. instead of waiting until the next morning,” said Grimes. “There’s nothing I hate more than waking up to a dirty living room.”
Grimes’ roommates said they believe she has what it takes to make it to the Peace Corps as well.
“From what I’ve heard, the Peace Corps involves a lot of heavy labor in rural areas, and it’s really physically and emotionally demanding,” said roommate Ellie Morris. “But I think Mary should totally do it. I mean yeah, she sends me a text everytime I leave a pan in the sink, but so what? Just because someone can’t shower if they see a hair in the drain doesn’t mean they can’t handle living in Ghana for two years.”
At press time, Grimes was reportedly looking into teaching programs in Angola on her laptop while trying to ignore a single popcorn kernel on the kitchen counter.