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About Me

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David Curtiss is a freshman in the Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) program in the School of Public Affairs. David’s passions include international development, restorative justice policy and international prison and policing reform. David hopes to combine his domestic and international interests into a fulfilling career in poverty reduction and criminal justice policy. As an Honors student, David hopes to gain invaluable skills from research, internship experience, and faculty relationships that correlate with his goals.

What to put into the “Widgets” below:


As an Honors student, you are expected to develop and work toward academic, professional, and personal goals. They’re divided into long-term and semester goals, and will be updated continuously as your goals, interests, and aspirations evolve. Think about where you want your college education to take you. Where do you want to be in five years? If you’re not sure, make your long term goal as specific as possible. For example, decide between graduate school in … or a career in … Make semester goals that help you decide: taking classes, interviewing faculty, trying internships. Remember that long term goals are not promises. You can always change your plans as you learn more. Some semester goals are steps you need to take in order to achieve a long-term goal. Other semester goals are just for that semester. For example, if one of your long-term goals is graduate school, you might have a semester goal of talking to the Office of Merit Awards about fellowships that pay for graduate school. As an example of a semester goal that is independent of any long-term goal, perhaps you are thinking of adding a minor or second major. You might list as a goal taking a course in the subject to see whether you are interested in that major or having an informational interview with the department chair to see what career options are possible in that major.

1. Examples of Long-Term Goals


  • Get a national merit award to do research in …
  • Study abroad in … so that I can …
  • Become proficient in one language and be able to converse in a second.


  • Secure funding for graduate school in …
  • Gain skills necessary to enter the professional field of …
  • Get an internship at a place where I can learn to …


  • Develop my skills in [insert area in which I am weak]
  • Develop ability that will help me with …

2. Examples of Semester Goals


  • Talk to the Office of Merit Awards about fellowships that pay for graduate school (Tied to graduate school long-term goal)
  • Take a course in … to see whether interested in that major.


  • Have an informational interview with department chair to see what career options are possible in that major.
  • Attend one professional networking event in DC in the are of …
  • Apply for internship in the field of …


  • Sign up for workshops that help me develop my skills in …

Mentor Network

~ Mehvish Jamal

Current Position

~ Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program

~ Honors student

~ Intern at American Correctional Associatoin

Major/Minor/Certificate Program

~ B.A. in CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economic, Government)