I write my name as Jen! Abrams. It started in high school; I was going to drop it when I got to college, but someone told me it said a lot about my personality and I should keep it. I can be really outgoing and I love to find out more about people. Even though I am a very high-energy person, I’m also an introvert. Most people don’t believe that, but I absolutely love some good quality time by myself. It’s good for the soul!
In my role of student body president, I advocate for students to Georgia Tech administration, faculty, the Board of Regents, and anyone who wants to know what Tech students think. On a daily basis, I attend a lot of meetings and every once in a while, I go to class too.
People often ask why I decided to run for this position. It's a lot of work, but I love Georgia Tech. I can't imagine doing this for any other student body and I am very passionate about advocating for what our students need to make our Georgia Tech experience better.
Perfecting health policy in Washington, D.C.; I want to help research and understand how to create sustainable and attainable healthcare for our country.
Public Policy is like trying to put together a puzzle when the pieces are always changing. It’s taking policy and making it work for all people no matter their socioeconomic status, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, or religion. I want to use this perspective to help people. I was thinking about going to medical school but then decided that I wanted to figure out ways to educate people about health. I became much more interested in what our government does to provide proper healthcare and educate our country about their health as opposed to the idea of working in a hospital providing healthcare treatment.
PHIL 2025 with Dr. Kirkman was one of the first liberal arts classes I took and, although it was challenging, I loved it. I started at Georgia Tech as a biochemistry major and the fact that there was not a definite answer to everything was really frustrating. Dr. Kirkman told us to keep thinking and, when we were certain that we had thought of all the possible solutions and different sides to a situation, to think some more. It was helpful in learning how to comprehend and analyze different policy options.
I love how inventive and bright our students are, but my favorite things are events like the Clough Art Crawl, dance competitions, or performances in the Black Box Theatre where we get to see a completely different side of our students. Our students are so bright and talented in many ways. It’s truly inspiring.
I worked for the chairman of Higher Education in the Georgia House of Representatives through the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. I found the personalities of the people in the House extremely interesting. Someone told me once that they did not think I would make a good politician because I am too nice, but some of the representatives and senators I worked with are the kindest people I’ve ever met. It’s fascinating and enlightening to hear all the considerations that go on with pieces of legislation that will affect higher education in this state, and it’s very interesting to watch people who have not been in college for years consider large decisions that will affect those of us here now.
It’s not easy being a liberal arts student at Georgia Tech. That is not because it’s extremely hard, but because it’s challenging and sometimes underappreciated. We’re not “engineers” by profession, but we are engineers in our own ways. Sometimes I tell people my major is policy engineering (it’s somewhat true, we do engineer policy). Don’t let the fact that we’re often the minority major keep you from making a major difference on this campus, in this country, and in our world. Some of our liberal arts grads are doing the coolest and most impactful things, and that is because we are different and we go after what we want. You will be amazed by where your hard work can take you.
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