Hi, I’m Sophie Walsh
I’m an 18-year-old freshman going to school at American University in Washington, DC. I’ve called Dallas, Texas home for the past 10 years, but I’m originally from Washington State.
I am currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics, and Government, and intend to minor in Statistics and French. I am passionate about anything and everything political and am often found watching C-SPAN in the early hours of the morning. Working in the government has been a dream of mine since my involvement with the People to People Student Ambassador program in 2011 and 2014, and inspired me to pursue the International Baccalaureate diploma, which I was officially awarded in July of 2017. I’m a self-proclaimed brunch enthusiast and coffee snob, and can frequently be found searching for the best cup of coffee DC can offer.
I spent most of my high school years serving on the board of the SmartStart Initiative, a non profit organization founded by my friend Krithika Iyer. The SmartStart initiative works to provide educational resources to lower income students, to help close the income gap in education. My work in this organization fostered my passion for educational policy, a passion I have carried with me to university. This year I am a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership program, in the Education and Empowerment policy interest group.
I love the school and the city, and can’t wait to discover what opportunities are waiting for me.