I am originally from a small town in Upstate, New York called Newark, and I came to Washington, D.C. for a change of pace, scenery, and opportunity. I recently graduated from American University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and a minor in Justice. I also earned a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies through the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program.
During my time at AU, I sought to explore all of my passions while developing myself personally and professionally. I took advantage of internships, university clubs/activities, community events, and a study abroad experience. I was a proud member of the American University Dance Team where I was able to continue my years of dance training while also representing my university. I also had gained experience as the Director of Outreach for Democracy Matters, a club advocating for campaign finance reform, and the Director of Community Service and an Angel Brother for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business organization.
In the spring of 2020, I travelled to Dublin, Ireland to challenge myself personally and academically at Trinity College Dublin. Although I was abruptly sent home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I am extremely grateful for the 2 months that I did spend there. I learned how to navigate cultural differences, explore my heritage, and adapt to an entirely different education system.
I have grown a lot since the time I said goodbye to my little village and embraced a city of power, influence, and opportunity. As I have taken on new challenges, I have learned a lot about myself. I am someone who enjoys finding commonalities with a variety of different people. I embrace the ability to learn new skills and take on hard tasks, and I feel most fulfilled when I know that I am of service to someone. These are the skills that I feel most proud of and that I will rely on to guide me through a successful career in the field of criminal justice.