Hi, I’m Zoe. I am a student at American University in Washington, DC. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). Through the School of Public Affairs (SPA), I am working towards a Community Based Research Certificate and a Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies.
American University has a lot to offer every student on campus. The Community Based Research Scholars (CBRS) Program provides instruction on effective social-action research and real life experience. I work with DC Reads, an umbrella of America Reads, to improve literacy here in the nation’s capital. I also grapple with ethical dilemmas through assisting with local high school’s Ethics Bowl. The SPA Leadership Program creates a collaborative environment where teams work together to implement an action project in a local area of need. My team is analyzing how chemical pollutants from consumer products affect the environment, as well as how to lessen impact as a consumer. In my free time, I serve as American’s Students for Elizabeth Warren Social Event Chair.
Originally from a rural town near Lancaster, PA, I learned the strength of a close community. In my tight-knit high school, I was passionate about how art, academics, and community service intersect. I served as an officer in both National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. I represented my high school as a Co-Junior Councilperson for my borough. Senior year I received an opportunity to do hands on community research at a local art nonprofit to learn about nonprofit development and serve my community. My main objective was to facilitate events and environments that support creativity and learning.
I find strength serving among people who care. People are what motivate me to make change. I am eager to improve education, climate health, and economic disparities. It is an aspiration of mine to make comprehensive, free education accessible. My future holds plans of law school and Peace Corps work.