Hello, I’m Jason Steuerwald!
Currently I attend American University in Washington, D.C., though I have called Midland Park, New Jersey home for the past eighteen years.
As a freshman, I have yet to definitively declare a major but I intend to pursue a degree in Justice, Law, and Criminology with the ultimate goal of going to law school and becoming a public defender. Though I have explored many different areas of interest through high school, my passion undeniably lies in defending the liberty and equality of others and debating current legislative and social issues.
Growing up in a small conservative town in Northern New Jersey came with benefits, though they may have sometimes been disguised as detriments. Beyond just being afforded many opportunities to expand my capacities as a leader, such as leading many clubs and teams as an officer and eventually becoming the district’s student representative to the Board of Education, I was constantly forced to defend and justify my views and ultimately my identity to my peers and my community as one of the few outspoken liberal students. This opportunity to hone my argumentative and persuasive abilities is one of the aspects that has drawn me to the study of justice and law.
Another way I have approached my passion to spread the idea of equality is through the platform of YouTube. As a transgender person, I have been very lucky to finally find a community and university that allows me to identify and express myself in a way that makes me comfortable; however, that was not the case for most of my life and during that time, I was only able to explore the LGBTQ+ world through my computer. So now, as I move forward in my journey as a trans person, I have put together a video documentary series online, titled “One Trans Life,” recording every step in my transition (medical, social, emotional) in the hopes that I can help some other young trans and gender non-conforming people see that it gets better and hopefully explain the idea of trans and gender non-conforming identities to others who perhaps are struggling to understand what they mean.
When I’m not trying to be a social and civic justice warrior or studying to become a more qualified version of that, I can be found either in the rehearsal room or roaming the DMV. From when I was five years old, I have been an avid musician. So far, I have learned to play seven instruments, with piano as my primary focus, and plan to continue expanding my repertoire as long as I physically can. As for the latter statement, I am currently a dog walker for Barkly Pets, an application that allows me to profit from my semi-obsessive love of animals. I find it to be a great way to explore my new home here in the District!
I’m so excited to be starting my journey towards becoming a true defender of justice and I look forward to all the experiences and wisdom this university and the District have to offer!
Phone: (201) 788-4260