Hello, my name is Abby Daniels. This fall, I am entering my second year studying at American University in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

Originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I am delighted to have the opportunity to study in DC as I am eager to continue my journey towards a potential career working in the federal government sector. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics & Government through the Politics, Policy & Law Three Year Scholar Program as well as a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies through the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program.

Within the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, I am a member of the Environmental & Sustainability subgroup, along with five of my peers. Throughout our first year in the program, we explored the negative impacts of chemicals on the environment and the policies that could serve to combat these effects. Following our extensive research, we worked to complete a social action project. While our project was initially aimed towards fostering positive environmental change in the Washington, DC area, the coronavirus outbreak led us to complete our project remotely with a focus on educating people on staying sustainable during the pandemic.

While in high school, I served as President of the Student Council, President of the Environmental Club, and Captain of the Varsity Basketball team where I learned to work collaboratively with my peers, embrace  diverse viewpoints, familiarize myself with the mechanics of functioning as a part of a team, and polish my leadership skills. I was also fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as a paid intern for Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta during my Senior year of high school.

In February of 2020, I had the incredible opportunity of obtaining an internship with US Congressman Guy Reschenthaler’s Washington, DC office where I gained further insight into the field of federal government and the workings of a Capitol Hill office.

I am proud of these accomplishments and hope to continue to grow individually and as a leader during my experience at American University and beyond. On campus, I am Membership Coordinator of AU College Republicans, Vice President of Membership for the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), and Supportive Services Ambassador for the Students for Life chapter. These Executive Board positions have allowed me to gain experience as a leader.

I am ambitious, passionate, optimistic & determined, and I eager to continue to write the next chapter of my life’s journey here in the magnificent city of Washington, DC.