I graduated as valedictorian, homecoming queen, and Winter Guard international gold medalist from Upper Darby High School, a large public school in a suburb just outside West Philadelphia. During my time in high school, you could either find me laying out the newest issue of The Acorn in our student-run newspaper office, conducting the marching band on the soccer field, or crashing cymbals together in the gym at indoor drumline practice. Or, most likely, in my room doing homework at an ungodly hour. During the summer of 2013, I boarded a plane for Montego Bay, Jamaica thinking I wanted to major in English. After a week of volunteerwork, I came back to Philadelphia deciding that I was going to major in International Studies, focusing in International Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. After a stressful year of college applications and rejections, I found my way to American University’s Honors Program, and a few months later, I was moved into my dorm and ready to start a new adventure. Currently, I’m a part of Chi Alpha campus ministries, She’s the First, and Empower Congo, hoping to obtain a more active leadership position in one of them next year. I’m happy as an International Studies major, but am considering a double major in Secondary Education or a minor in education studies or religious studies. Although I don’t have everything figured out yet, I’m excited to see where this path I’m on leads me next.