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 to 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 which is about twenty minutes outside of Charlotte. I went to Lake Norman Charter High School where I was a varsity basketball and lacrosse player all four years and captain the final two for each, 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 of criminal justice and legal education, 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 this year. I am also a Peer Mentor for the Complex Problems course, 13 Going on 30: But Only Legally. Complex Problems is a program required for first-year students to both acclimate to college and begin to think critically about controversial issues, and this class discusses the juvenile justice system and the wavier into the adult system. 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.
The skills and experiences that American University has and continues to provide me influences my experience outside of the classroom setting. The summer after my sophomore year I was a criminal justice intern at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. Here 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. This experience furthered my interest in legal studies, and this upcoming second semester of my third year I will be interning at the Public Defender Service of Washington in Washington, D.C. to expand my knowledge and get various experiences prior to law school.
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 continue my passion of studying the law and attend law school. After that, my goal is similar to everyone: be successful and happy in my career.