“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Barack Obama 2008

In 2008 when Obama was elected I had just turned nine-years-old, but it was that year, at that young age, that I realized how a single individual could make such a large impact on the world. Since 2008 I have done a little growing up and have been able to find my passion. Throughout my young adult life I have sat on two youth councils–Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission for the City of Tempe and the Governor’s Youth Commission for the state of Arizona, worked as an Inspire Leader and Fellow to help register 2,000+ new voters, and have managed and worked on numerous political campaigns. I wanted to be the person Obama was talking about and I was tired of waiting for change to come, so I decided I would change things. I believe that every organization I applied to or position I ran for was because I believed I could make positive changes. This belief brought me here, to D.C. where I am now a student at American University in the Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program- a three year accelerated bachelor program in the School of Public Affairs studying Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government also pursuing a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. With this education, I hope to find a job where I feel I am making positive change every day. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”