Why did you chose to major in political science?

In my last years of high school I began to notice how each part of the political system affected current daily life and I became engaged and curious about what impact citizens have on political outcomes. I didn’t realize I was going to study political science until I took a human rights course and incarceration class at Bennington College (where I transferred from) and realized how passionate I felt about the subject. Even if it sounds cheesy, I have always felt a calling to help people and give back and political science is my avenue for this. Before that class, I was hoping to study poetry or journalism, and maybe one day I will tie all the work together, but for now I find political science both heartbreaking and empowering. I would not have felt this passionate about it without great professors like Professor Oberfield and Professor Oh and Professor Schlosser. 

What unique opportunities have come out of majoring in political science? 

I was fortunate to intern at my congressman’s district office in the summer and fall of 2020. This experience really cemented what work I wanted to do in the area. I learned so much from the district office manager and realized how much the congress members do for their constituents. I decided to take the fall term off from junior year to pursue this interest and continue the work I was doing in the summer. With that time, I was also able to engage more in the 2020 election process and become a poll worker and volunteer for a deep canvassing organization. Through these experiences, I found my passion. This past summer I was a democracy fellow with Representative Jamie Raskin’s  democratic congressional campaign committee program. Each experience is so different and has given me the opportunity to figure out what role I play. 

What made you chose to attend Bryn Mawr? 

I funnily enough toured Bryn Mawr a total of three times before actually attending. My mother is an alum and my parents were very keen on me attending but I questioned the women’s college aspect a lot. I ended up at Bennington College for my first year of college and realized it just wasn't the right fit. I applied to two different programs for transferring and toured Bryn Mawr, yet another time, for an admitted transfer students day. During that last tour I finally was able to see myself at Bryn Mawr. I met with political science students and even the track coach. I had an open mind this time and looked at the class offerings for the fall and made my decision. 

What do you plan to do once you graduate Bryn Mawr?

I am hoping to work for a member of Congress or a political advocacy nonprofit. I’m very interested in voting rights and mass incarceration and hope these interests will line up with the work I find.