Born and raised in Wilton, Connecticut I chose to attend American University in Washington D.C. and study in the prestigious School of Public Affairs. I am a sophomore pursuing a BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG), and am also minoring in International Studies. Additionally, I am a member of the American University School of Public Affairs Leadership Program.
Before I came to American University, I demonstrated the valuable skills of leadership, communication, and involvement. In my high school, I was selected Cancelliere of Buon Amico Club. The club successfully facilitated hundreds of new student transitions to Wilton High School and the school system. My time on the Varsity soccer teams and as captain of my track teams improved my communication and leadership skills. At the end of my senior year of high school, I obtained an internship with Congressman Jim Himes. At this internship, my communication skills greatly improved as I partook in both written and conversational correspondence with constituents regarding time-sensitive issues and concerns with government operations. My participation in my high schools model congress club helped me improve my understanding of political discourse, and once again improved my communication skills.
At American University, these skills have not only been enhanced but also furthered. My membership in the American University School of Public Affairs Leadership Program has allowed me to learn how to more effectively communicate. In my first year in the program, I collaborated with 5 other members to create a social action project that would provide underprivileged students with the preparation they needed to fulfill their potential on standardized testing. Communication was necessary as I needed to ensure my goals and aims were clearly conveyed while also listening to my other group members was essential. In my second year in the program, I am currently working towards setting up a tutoring and mentorship program that improves a students performance both inside and outside the classroom. I have done extensive research on the effect of income inequality on education, and have found that it negatively affects a student’s performance. Doing this project individually has brought forth challenges that I have had to face head-on. I have had to find self-motivation and also needed to take initiative. I cannot rely on other group members, and I have confronted these challenges in order to create the most successful social action project I can.