“I believe that effective change can only be accomplished through hard work, compassion, and a the ability to see everyone’s true potential.”

The greatest invention of mankind is democracy. Not only does it give the people a voice in their government, but it instills a value onto each person that gives such voices validity. As a freshman at the American University, I am pursuing a major in Justice and Law and a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. I plan on using this education to make America a nation that is a home for all of its citizens where they can thrive in their achievement of the American Dream.

As a member of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) Leadership Program, I have conducted research with six other peers on substance abuse as it relates to economic inequalities facing American society. During the second semester, we will translate our research into a social action project that will aim to combat this issue within the Washington D.C. community.

In High School, I held leadership positions in organizations – including our yearbook, National Honor Society, and theater program. Being involved in these organizations, taught me the importance of commitment, passion, and teamwork in achieving a collective goal. These attributes were crucial in the completion of my Eagle Scout project, the creation and implementation of a historical display case for a local Police Department as my Eagle Scout project.

Along with my studies, I am currently interning at The Kauffman Group, a political fundraising firm located in Washington D.C. There, I support six full-time staff by cataloging documents, invoices, personal notes, and similar paperwork. Additionally, I aid in executing fundraiser events and work directly with senators in reaching out to supporters.

On campus, I am an active member of the American University chapter of Chi Alpha. Through this organization, I help to establish a safe and dependable forum for religious discussion through weekly Bible studies, as well as work to grow in my in spirituality.

I try to live by President John F. Kennedy quote: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” As I continue to grow as a leader and as a learner, I will use the skills I acquire to ensure a prosperous future for all Americans.