About Sofia Casamassa
Sofia is a first-year student in American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. Sofia is working towards a degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Political Science while following a pre-law track. Additionally, Sofia is working toward a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies through the School of Public Affairs’ Leadership program. For this program, her concentrated area of study is immigration and refugee right — a focus area she is passionate about because she is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant.
Sofia is originally from Middletown, New Jersey where she attended Middletown High School South. She actively participated in numerous academic organizations. Sofia was President of her school’s SPCA volunteer outreach club and was a team captain for her Mock Trial team, which received county-wide recognition for its efforts during competition season. Sofia also served on the executive boards for the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society as Treasurer and Publicity Chair respectively. Throughout her four years of high school, Sofia challenged herself academically; her course load consisted of multiple Honors and AP classes. Sofia is an AP Scholar with Honor and graduated in the top 20% of her high school class. Between her heavy involvement in extra-curricular activities and rigorous academics, Sofia has obtained strategies pertaining to multi-tasking and time management. Sofia plans to continue challenging herself academically and working diligently towards her intended degree while involving herself in multiple organizations that pique her interest throughout her four years at American University.
Sofia is ardent about community service. At age fifteen, Sofia became a tutor for the YMCA. In this position, she learned the value of connecting with her community — and realized her love of helping others, specifically young children and teens close to her age. Sofia has served as a teacher’s aide in her local parish’s CCD program and as an aftercare counselor at her local Arts Center. In 2016, Sofia had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador for a service trip where she helped build an elementary school for a rural community and met with local families.
Sofia is a very hard-working, ambitious and goal oriented young woman. She loves meeting new people and collaborating with individuals to solve complex problems. Sofia is committed to pursuing a career in the legal profession. Upon graduating from American University, she intends on attending law school. Sofia desires to become an attorney, and eventually, a judge or law professor. Sofia had the opportunity to apply her verbal and written communication skills, solve intricate legal problems and collaborate with wonderful lawyers and paralegals while working at a joint real-estate and family law firm in the spring and summer of 2018. At American University, Sofia is participating in the Debate Society in order to enhance her verbal argumentative and communicative skills necessary for a career in the legal profession.
Sofia is passionate about journalistic writing. Sofia has been published in Affinity Magazine: a magazine for teens, by teens. For Affinity, Sofia wrote several articles pertaining to an array of topics such as politics, feminism, pop-culture and mental health. Over the course of summer 2018, Sofia created content for her local young democrat caucus on youth civic engagement and political candidates running for office. Through this opportunity, Sofia was able to coordinate with local party leaders to find ways to increase youth involvement in politics in her area. At American University, Sofia was hired to write for the Life and Sports sections of the on-campus newspaper, The Eagle. Over the next four years, Sofia plans to continue honing her craft in order to maintain the ability to apply her verbal and non-verbal communication skills to her desired profession.
Wherever Sofia ends up, she wants her life to make a positive impact on others.