My name is Emily Larsen and I am pursing an undergraduate degree at American University in Washington D.C., in their School of Public Affairs. I am currently majoring in Justice and Law with a concentration in Terrorism and getting a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
The experience that solidified my desire to pursue a degree in politics and government was participating in Dirigo Girls’ State. This opportunity provided a comprehensive understanding of the function of government and concrete examples of how civil service work can benefit the lives of others, such as passing legislation that protects civil rights or gun safety laws. Not only did this experience has increased my excitement about a career in civil service, but it underscored how critical public policy work is to improve the lives of others, not only in this country but globally.
I am excited to continue to grow my knowledge of politics and leadership during my time at American University and in Washington D.C.!