Born in a suburb outside Chicago but raised in New Jersey, I currently live in Washington, D.C. for my education. I am currently attending American University and am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in the School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the School of International Studies. At AU I am in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program where I just conducted research on how improving world language programs in public schools within the United States would benefit students and implemented my research question into a social action project where I worked with the ACTFL’s Lead with Languages which focuses on supporting the teaching and learning of world languages. Last year my issue group studied chemicals and the effects they have on our environment and ended up raising money for the nonprofit organization the Environmental Working Group which focuses on research and advocacy in helping the environment.
At my high school, Union Catholic Regional High School, I was involved in various activities. One of those activities was C.R.A.Y.O.N. Club in which I helped organize activities, dances, and fundraisers for special needs children and teenagers in the local area. As a senior, I became Treasurer of the club and ran meetings with other students involved as well as staying active with event planning and attending events. Advocating for and raising awareness to the issues the special needs community faces is something I continue to do throughout various volunteer work.
As a political science major, I have a passion for activism and standing up for what I believe in. As a high school junior, I participated in the national student school walkout for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at Parkland, FL. With the threat of serious consequences from my high school for participating, I still walked out because I believed in the movement. I later participated in the March for Our Lives protest. Since 2018 I have gone to Pride events and marches in support of the LGBTQ community and the continued fight for rights. I have taken part in the Women’s March here in Washington, D.C. which strives for women’s rights. I have also taken part in a countless number of Black Lives Matter protests in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. as the movement advocates for an end to systemic racism. I continue to attend protests and marches because activism and social justice are extremely important in my life.
I hope to continue my education even further after I graduate from American University and hopefully pursue a law degree.