Once I thought I was going to be Jane Goodall and live in the jungle studying animals and sitting in trees and making discoveries and changing biology as we know it. Before that I figured I would be a famous pianist, playing in looming concert halls, and if not that then I would be a poet like the revered and wonderful Shel Silverstein. Years before those dreams I wanted to grow up to be a superhero.
Currently, though, I am a Literature major in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University, deciding between an Educational Studies or International Relations minor. I graduated from Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT with a Diploma of Distinction and a desire (like so many people) to be something more than I am, or perhaps to be everything that I am. Before graduating, I divided my time between running BuildOn, a club at my school that raises money to build schools in third-world countries; volunteering at a nearby zoo; interning at the International Institute of Connecticut; and student teaching in two freshman English classes at my high school. There was a time when I thought I would be anything before I was a teacher in a high school; currently, however, I think I would like to spend at least some time teaching English in a high school, before eventually working with education policy either domestically or internationally.
At American University, I am a part of AmLit and have published an essay and a poem in the magazine, the essay winning Best in Show for Writing. I have also begun volunteering through DC Reads at their Life Pieces to Masterpieces program. I am now attempting to convince myself that I do not need to fit the entire DC experience into my first year of college, while at the same time trying to restrain myself from checking out all of the books at American’s library, which I’ve recently found has fairly comfortably floors to sit on as long as you don’t mind a few weird looks from the people walking past you.