I am currently an undergraduate student at American University majoring in Justice, Law, & Criminology (JLC), with a minor in Psychology as well as participating in a rigorous four-year program focusing on Leadership Development Theory & Practice which will culminate in a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. I am originally from Long Island, New York where I lived for about thirteen years, then moved to Cornelius, North Carolina. I went to Lake Norman Charter High School where I was a varsity basketball and lacrosse player all four years and a captain for both in the final two years. I was also a member of National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Key Club, and Outdoors Club.
At American University, I am continuously working towards my passion for criminal justice and legal education while developing the skills I’ll need for a career in law. Over the past two years at AU, I have taken advantage of many programs offered by the School of Public Affairs (SPA) including serving as a teaching assistant for the SPA Leadership Program my sophomore year and serving as a Student Co-Director for the program my junior year. I was also a Peer Mentor for the Complex Problems course, 13 Going on 30: But Only Legally – a class that discusses the juvenile justice system and the waiver process into the adult system. Complex Problems is a program required for first-year students to help acclimate to college and begin to think critically about controversial issues. I am also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity which heightens my excitement for a career in law by being around like-minded people working towards a similar goal.
I have also taken my strengths and skills off-campus. The summer after my sophomore year I was a criminal justice intern at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. While working there, I furthered my interest in legal studies by reviewing cold case paperwork in preparation for trial, listened and transcribed Rikers Island Jail calls for cases, reviewed DNA studies, summarized case law, attended meetings with outside city agencies, and worked on Continuing Legal Education program. To further understand my interests and prepare for my career, I decided not to limit myself to one area of focus and interned at the Public Defender Service of Washington DC.
Throughout the rest of my time at AU, I will be continuing to pursue my interests through being a nominated and selected member of American University’s Conduct Council, a Peer Advisor for American University’s Career Center, and a second year Teaching Assistant for the SPA Leadership Program.
Throughout the years I have acquired and strengthened the skills of communication, professionalism, organization, determination, and collaboration. I have also acquired several other important skills such as computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and WordPress), Lifeguard certification, and CPR/AED certification.
Though I have been keeping busy, I make sure I practice self-care and save time for leisure. Studying in Washington D.C is an extraordinary experience and I like to spend free time visiting different museums and places in the city. In my free time, I also enjoy reading, listening to music, watching television, and going to the dog park with a lovely Pitbull named Scout.
Upon completion of undergrad, my goal is to attend law school. After that, my goal is similar to everyone: be successful and happy in my career.