Hello, my name is Samantha Cotter and I am a member of the American University Class of 2021, where I am pursuing a BA in Political Science. Upon graduating from American University, I am looking to attend law school and eventually hold public office.
Throughout high school I was involved in a number of clubs and community service oriented events. The school I attended freshman year, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, was on the property of the Governor Morehead School for the visually impaired. When my freshman English teacher challenged us to come up with a group community service project, I immediately knew that I wanted to give back to the school that we not only shared our campus with but also our stories, laughs, and memories. As the idea grew and developed it became known as the Glow-a-thon. It is a walk/run to raise money for the Governor Morehead School graduates, to allow their students to continue their post-secondary education. Visually impaired students have extra expenses that make going to college extremely difficult and often times are the reason many of them don’t continue their education. After the class assignment ended, my group decided that we wanted to implement our project. In the end, we were able to raise $1,800 and trained a community service group to allow the event to continue for years after our graduation. Each year the project continues to raise money and spread awareness.
At American University, I am involved in a variety of groups. As a first year in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program I am currently working on a group social action project focusing on the separation between church and state– based within the perimeters of the addition “under God,” to the pledge of allegiance. Within this program I have developed keen public speaking skills, networked with faculty and students, and learned how to cultivate essential leadership skills. As a member of the Pre-law Society I am active in panel discussions based around contemporary legal topics, LSAT prep courses, and workshops that allow me to continue to grow my skills. Additionally, I am an Advocacy Cabinet Member for Residence Hall Council. Through this position I create and implement activities that make the residence halls feel inclusive to all students.
The numerous activities and groups that I have been involved with, throughout high school and now in my undergraduate education, have influenced me into becoming a leader. During my four years at AU, I intend to continue growing my knowledge and being an active member of my community. Upon graduation from American University I hope to go on to law school and continue becoming a better educated member of our society.