continued “We’re very proud of her,” Mary Pat Horton, Alison’s mother, said. “As parents we have worries for her safety, health … but she’s 27 years old. We can’t say no. We’re supporting her in every way. Sometimes she jokes and says, ‘I’m young and naive and I can make a difference.’ She’s going to make it matter, I think. If anybody can do it, she can. She’s just a special girl.”
When she returns at the end of next summer, Horton will finish up her doctorate and aim for a 2016 graduation. She also teaches a course at the university to about 300 freshmen. She said in the future she hopes to ideally get a job in the states, working for a large-scale alternative development organization and later, maybe becoming a professor.
“I see how uneven the world is and how privileged I am,” she said. “This is what I want to work on for a career. Who knows if I can ever make a difference, but I’m gonna try.”