Eastern Illinois University (Political Science)
I started off college as a Music Education major, but soon realized that my true passion lies in politics and the law. I changed my major to Political Science and graduated this past December. Once I changed majors I immediately sought out a vast array of opportunities in order to get as much experience as possible. I studied abroad for a semester at the University of Westminster in London, England, where I took classes in both history and politics, one class focusing on political gaming where my professor would present international political scenarios, and my class would have to analyze the situation from all sides and develop solutions to the problem. I was also involved in Model Illinois Government and presented legislation that was voted on and passed in the Illinois House Chamber. I was the only member of my team that passed any legislation. I was admitted to the 2013 summer semester of The Fund for American Studies, hosted through George Mason University. Through the program I gained an internship at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association where I assisted the Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs in lobbying for the passage of H.R. 2241: Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2013 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
I earned an internship working for the Human Rights Review academic journal run through the Department of Political Science at Eastern Illinois University. I assisted the Editor-in-Chief in developing curriculum for a class on the topic of genocide. I was asked by one of my professors to write a book review that was published in an edition of The Journal of Slavic Military Studies. I have also served as a research assistant to Dr. Trina Lynn Vallone, a professor at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. I assisted Dr. Vallone by conducting research and transcribing interviews for Dr. Vallone’s dissertation and various other projects. Additionally, I have edited three published novels for author Leanne Van Vossen. I started off college as a Music Education major, but soon realized that my true passion lies in politics and the law. I changed my major to Political Science and graduated this past December. Once I changed majors I immediately sought out a vast array of opportunities in order to get as much experience as possible. I studied abroad for a semester
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I earned my BA from Eastern Illinois University in December, 2013. I had a major GPA of 3.66/4.0 and was involved in the departmental honors society.