I am currently an undergraduate student at American University expected to graduate in May 2021. Originally from Rocky Face, Georgia, I am excited to be a part of the Washington, D.C. community. At American, I am pursuing an Interdisciplinary Degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). I have also added a minor in Art History and a Leadership Certificate. I am a member of American University Scholars and the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, as well as the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. My love of learning and leadership began in high school and, through CLEG and the two programs I participate in, I have been given the chance to further develop my talents.
Outside of academics, I recently began an internship at the Heurich House Museum in Washington, D.C. I am working with their Education department to conduct archival research, write content for upcoming exhibitions, and assist with other museum tasks as necessary. This is a unique opportunity to engage with the D.C. community as the Heurich House has a rich history in Dupont Circle and operates on a much smaller scale than other major museums.
In addition, I have also joined the team of The Creative Process as an Associate Podcast Producer and Interviewer. My focus in this role centers around art history, curation, and sustainability. The Creative Process is in part a podcast that receives over 4,500 listens per day and also a creative traveling exhibition that shares interviews in a gallery setting. Guests on the podcast and in the exhibit have included the chief curators of major museums, Tony award winning writers and actors, contemporary artists, and others directly involved in current artistic fields. I am excited to be a part of this project and learn from the guidance of others in the curatorial field, which I hope to enter.
On campus, I am an active member of CHAARG, a new club on campus promoting female empowerment through a wellness-focused community. I am now serving as their Co-Event Coordinator, putting me in charge of coordinating with local businesses, making event plans, and communicating with our chapter. As a whole, we participate in weekly workouts, small groups, and host events (currently online) to foster friendship and personal health.
Also through my university, I am a member of the DC Reads tutoring program. Through this organization, I work four hours a week, one-on-one with students who are behind grade level benchmarks in reading. We use a curriculum created by the AmeriCorps program Reading Partners to bolster their literacy skills to ensure that they do not fall behind their classmates. Being a part of this program has been an amazing way to connect with the DC community and use my time to give back.
In addition to coursework and extracurricular activities, I enjoy going out into the city to experience new events and learn about new cultures. I spend my free time hiking and am currently pursuing a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate. With the diversity of Washington, D.C., there are always new opportunities to learn and meet others. This pairs well with my love of art history, culture, and travel. I am passionate about people and our shared humanity, and learning about the world around me allows me to be a better leader.