I started my college career on a very different path than I am on now. I entered my freshman year in the College of Engineering thinking that I could help make a positive influence on the world through mathematical and scientific innovations to help developing areas. While I gained a great deal of knowledge in my math, science, and engineering courses, I felt that something was missing. In high school, I was very active in a wide variety of activities including student government, debate team, and youth group. My engineering course load was very strenuous, and thus it was very difficult to find a balance with my other interests. I found myself missing the civic engagement and service activities I enjoyed in high school. My attention and desires were constantly being drawn to the upcoming 2016 election as I felt the need to get more involved. Thus, I grew increasingly unsure of whether or not engineering was the right major for me.
This was a very difficult time during my undergraduate studies as I felt very worried about my future. I did not know what the right path was to take or what would be best in the long term. Engineering seemed like a profession with much certainty in terms of the job market and the different careers I could pursue. Whereas I was unsure where a social science or humanities degree would lead me. However, I decided that I needed to follow my passions and explore what made me happy. At the beginning of sophomore year, I began to take more courses in areas of interest to me such as political science, economics, and women’s studies, and I decided to apply to the PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) program at the end of the year. I was admitted to the program and completely switched majors!
While my coursework and extracurricular activities have influenced my future interests, my internship experiences have allowed me to realize my true passions and career goals. This past year, I participated in the Michigan in Washington Program and interned in the House of Representatives for Congressman John Conyers, Jr. from Detroit. I absolutely loved my experience on Capitol Hill. Hence, I am back this summer interning in the Senate for Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois. I truly love politics and advocacy, and thus I would love to come back to D.C. to work the Hill. I am forever grateful to the University of Michigan for the experiences provided to me through programs and scholarships.
As I finish my summer, I cannot believe how far I have come since starting my freshman year. I am looking forward to taking more PPE courses senior year and finishing my major. I have decided that I want to work in government and run for office. I am currently studying for the LSAT with the hopes of using a law degree to make me a better advocate for vulnerable populations and to advance my work in the public sector. I am excited for the future and continuing to follow my passions.