Major: History and Political Science
Year of Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Involvement on Campus: George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and the Arabic Language Student Association

How did you choose Ohio University?

I was looking out of state for college, and OHIO stood out for being aesthetically pleasing. Plus, when I took a tour, it just felt right. The rest is history.

How did you choose your major, and what excited you most about it?

I actually was guided into history by Randy Price at Wilson Hall, who told me it would be feasible to add it on as a major. I have always loved learning about contexts of major events and people and why things happened the way they did. I added it on and loved almost every history class I took. Plus, the small class sizes and individual attention by the professors were key in making me a better thinker, writer and communicator.

Tell us about one of your most significant career development experiences at OHIO.

My first meeting with Kacey Schaum (currently an assistant director for the Career and Leadership Development Center) in the fall of my junior year was transformative. She was such a mentor for me and gave me confidence to succeed in any career I chose. With her help, I landed an internship with the 2017 Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign and found my calling in progressive politics.

What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?

I love being associated with a university that includes such thoughtful, bright and professional people. We have a worldwide network of people who are hungry to make this world a better place.

What advice would you give to your fellow Bobcats?

Don’t do stuff because you think it’s “best” for your career. Take classes and participate in activities that challenge and develop your mind (*cough* humanities classes). Also, major in something that you want to major in. You’ll be thankful later and find yourself to be a more well-rounded person.

What have you done since graduation?

In June, I joined JB Pritzker’s campaign for governor of Illinois as a Field Organizer. After we won on November 6, I was asked to join the Florida Coordinated Recount for Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum to make sure that we count every vote here in the Sunshine State!

Interview conducted by Hannah Schuller, CLDC Content Marketing Intern

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