I pursued Public Policy at Tech because of the interdisciplinary approach to solving complex social problems and identifying practical solutions. As the importance of technology increases, we must also consider its impact on Public Policy.
In Fall 2017, I took a class with Dr. Robert Rosenberger called Philosophy of Technology, which explored the nature of technology, the impact that it has on society, and how we might need to adapt to the challenges it produces. Dr. Rosenberger encouraged us to ask our own questions and formulate our own opinions on technology, as well as exposing us to many different resources to assist with our discovery. We learned how to critically think about and begin to solve problems that are not yet being addressed.
This higher-level thinking is often sought after in policymaking, and it's very exciting that Georgia Tech is developing professionals who can kickstart that change.
When I was a summer freshman, I had the opportunity to serve on a State House campaign in Brookhaven, GA as a canvasser for Representative Taylor Bennett. Since then, I've had a passion for public service, specifically working within public institutions to enact change. I continued working within politics for two years as a Field Director for Rep. Bennett's re-election campaign, and most recently in East Atlanta for attorney Sachin Varghese.
These experiences allowed me to develop leadership skills while contacting thousands of voters and managing a field team. In summer 2017, I worked as a Judicial Aide for Judge Paige Reese Whitaker in the Fulton County Superior Court, assisting with case databases, conducting legal research, and learning the intricacies of the legal system through the lens of the court. Consequently, I knew that I wanted to go to law school to ultimately become a trial lawyer or litigator.
Public Policy has illustrated how small changes in large systems bring about meaningful change, which is something I look forward to incorporating into my career.
“In Spring 2018, I was elected to be Student Body President and am looking forward to an incredible year of service. I ran for office because I believe we have an obligation to use our voices as best as we can to help Tech’s students.
Tech's Student Government Association (SGA) is filled with students who truly care about campus issues, work tirelessly to solve them, and still manage to have a successful academic experience while they do it. Members of SGA sit on faculty boards and committees, meet with administration regularly, work among themselves in committees, pass resolutions, and represent Tech in Georgia and beyond.
In my first year at Tech, I joined SGA’s Elections Committee, collaborating with other members to continuously improve the organization. This was when my journey with SGA began.
As a sophomore, I became the Undergraduate Public Policy Representative in SGA's legislature, and as a junior, I was chosen to serve on Cabinet as Vice President of External Affairs.
In Spring 2018, I was elected to be Student Body President and am looking forward to an incredible year of service. I ran for office because I believe we have an obligation to use our voices as best as we can to help Tech’s students.
During my first year at Tech, I began writing for the Technique as a contributing writer and was promoted to serve as Assistant News Editor during my sophomore year. While with the Technique, I met with Institute administrators to cover campus stories, managed and edited sections of the paper, and helped publish 24 issues. I gained experience in writing both objective and opinion pieces, and benefited from working alongside a team of passionate student journalists for hours every week.
As a Public Policy major, I spend a lot of time staying up-to-date on current events. When I’m not studying, I enjoy watching movies. I have always been a movie fanatic, mostly because I love getting lost in another story. It's amazing to sit down and experience another person's work of art, especially if it has real life implications or messages that can be carried out of the theater.
Another passion of mine relates to my interest in technology: playing video-games and working on computers. I built my own computer in high school and have been modifying it ever since. As the gaming industry becomes more demanding on hardware, I replace old parts for new ones to keep up with technological enhancements.
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