Catie Serex Catie Serex is a member of the Class of 2011 who is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in History. Since an early age, Catie has possessed a passion for helping others, especially children. This desire to serve began to grown in high school when she established an Invisible Children chapter at her high school, and traveled twice to Nicaragua on church mission trips. She has continued to work with Invisible Children throughout her undergraduate career, assisting a club at Turrentine Middle School and being one of two leaders of ëThe Rescueí in Raleigh, part of Invisible Childrenís global event, ëThe Resuceí.

On campus, Catie is a member of Elonís Model United Nations club, in which she serves as the Secretary General of the International Crisis Conference. In the spring of 2010, Catie studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, an experience she will describe as ëlife changingí. Her course work in Scotland had a direct impact on her decision to conduct independent research during her senior year. Her research focus involves studying methodologies that can be used by actors in intra- and inter-state conflict to transcend the security dilemma and approach a peace process, a topic she hopes to pursue in graduate studies (at St. Andrews, of course!).

An experienced traveler, Catie has made filling her passport a goal since the tender age of three. Having been to 19 countries over the last 21 years, she has a raging sense of wanderlust that keeps her dreaming of new adventures to take. Her travel icons include Rick Steves, Charley Boorman, and Ewan McGregor (reference the Long Way Round / Long Way Round / By Any Means series), and she keeps a copy of ë1,000 Places to See Before You Dieí at the ready. Catie also has a knack for networking, and enjoys meeting semi-famous people, although sheís still pursuing the ultimate meet and greet with all four members of U2.