My name is Brooke Rondeau and I am currently a freshman at American University in Washington, DC. I am in the School of Public Affairs majoring in Political Science. As part of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, I will be receiving a certificate in Leadership Studies. The SPA Leadership Program develops students’ leadership skills and prepares them for futures in public service. This year, my issue group is studying how different factors affect refugee integration and naturalization.
I am originally from Bozrah, Connecticut. I attended Norwich Free Academy and was very involved in the school community. I was class president during my junior and senior year and represented my class on the Student Advisory Board. This entailed organizing, promoting, and executing fundraisers, planning events (Proms, senior class trip, senior breakfast, and graduation exercises), addressing my class, underclassmen, and the public at events, and working with my peers to ensure my class’s needs were met. I was also a member and officer of the National, Spanish, and Science National Honor Societies, where we worked to ensure there were proper funds for the upcoming class’s induction. Additionally, I was a member and officer in many clubs, including the Environmental Club, Young Voters Society, the Special Olympics Unified Sports Program for students with special needs, and the school’s volunteer program Project Outreach.
Furthermore, during my time at Norwich Free Academy I received several awards and honors. These included being nominated for the George Ripley Humanitarian Award, the UCONN/Avery Point Book Award, and Katie and Walter Navick Prize Fund Award.
I have always had a passion for helping others and learning what I can do to improve upon myself for the future. Politics, activism, and equality have always been important values of mine and I intend to use my skills I develop here at American and in the SPA Leadership Program to advance them. Some topics I am passionate about are women’s issues, gun reform, and immigration reform. I hope to one day work for a federal agency such as the FBI, CIA, or Homeland Security. However, my ultimate goal would be to one day work for the State Department. I hope to use skills I learn to aid in the issues I am passionate about and to make a difference in people’s lives, no matter how big or small.