My name is Jonathan Santoro. I am a student at American University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG for short) and a Minor in Theatre, and I am also a member of the School of Public Affairs’s Leadership Program. I am planning to have a career in public service, with a focus on education reform, increasing civic engagement and democracy, and protecting civic liberties, especially with the expansion of LGBTQ+ rights.
Since high school, I have been involved in politics through debate and activism. I have participated in programs such as the Student Advisory Council, Junior State of America and Harvard Model Congress to aid my understanding of politics and how to work in government, and make a difference with these skills. I recently interned at my State House, where I not only got to help facilitate political affairs, I also got to hear from local people involved in politics to learn more about the political process. I am a passionate writer, having regularly written for my high school’s newspaper, The Red & Black, discussing political as well as local and national news. Since starting college, I have been involved in similar activities to continue the process. Along with politics, I have also taken up various web design projects, have a passion for learning about language, and have been involved in my school’s theatre program.
I want to make a difference in this world. Too many people are struggling to get by in the country, and they don’t trust the politicians who affect their chances of surviving. I want to be the elected leader who can be trusted and relied on to help people live in the country that they want and deserve to live in. My hope is that, in the words of The Man of La Mancha, I can die knowing that, “the world will be better for this: that one man, scorned and covered with scars, still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable star!”
I believe I can make a positive change. There’s a long way for me to go, and for the world to go, but some day, we will get there.