My name is Molly Parris, an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC, where I am pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and working towards a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies through the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program.
When I was 8 years old, the Democratic National Convention took place in my hometown of Denver, Colorado, exposing me to politics for the first time. Along with the convention came a traveling expo on the U.S. Presidency that my parents took my siblings and I to. I went in the only appropriate outfit for an event of this sort: A “Molly for President” shirt.
That day I realized the power that the government has to impact the lives of each and every person residing in the United States. While I will likely never actually run for president, I have never lost the realization that as a citizen of this country, I have the power to use my voice to help people. My love for politics that I gained that day as the Democratic National Convention was happening in my backyard has turned in to a passion for helping others and doing what I can to stand up against the injustices of the world.