“I’ll be working at Goldman Sachs,” gushed Sophia.
She was one of my former high school students. I had never imagined her peddling products for an investment banking firm. Sophia, I figured, was different.
While growing up in Singapore, she often traveled to Cambodia, to build houses for the impoverished. She went to Soweto, South Africa after raising money for an after-school youth centre. She helped paint and decorate the modest African building while encouraging the centre’s young girls to stay in school, and not fall into the frighteningly common prostitution trade.
Was she laying altruistic roots….or was there another purpose?