PUBP Public Policy | 2nd Year | Parkview High School
In what activities are you involved? Currently, I serve as a regional co-coordinator on the BAPS Southeast Development Committee planning and designing year-round events for the youth. I am a member of the Ivan Allen Student Advisory Board that aims to fulfill its mission of contributing diverse ideas and perspectives on matters that impact the undergraduate student body. I am also an advisor on the Georgia Tech Honor Advisory Council that spreads and promotes the message of academic integrity within the campus community. I am a part of the Technique, the Georgia Tech newsletter. Lastly, I am a part of the IAC Student Ambassadors Program.
What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have? I was a student intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the guidance of a health communication specialist. I participated in a VolunTEEN Program at Emory Healthcare assisting pharmacists in dispensing medicine and directing patients to and from the rehabilitation center. I attended a week-long creative writing certification program at Savannah College of Art and Design to apprehend various styles of writing. Last but not least, I actively worked with the Gwinnett County School Board panel in decreasing the number of standardized tests administered to seniors in one year. Currently, I am interning at a real estate firm that assists clients in administrative work of real estate purchases and closings.
What do you like best about your major? I have always had an interest in making things better for my community and our country, but I want to focus on taking this ambition to the highest level possible. I want to make this ambition my career. This is why I chose public policy. Public policy influences all facets of our lives including health, finances, transportation, education, recreation, the environment and safety. It further influences the quality of our lives. On another note, it can be very rewarding, since you are working with issues and policies that can have great impact on improving the lives of people. I greatly admire this aspect of my major because public policy, on a broad lens, never grows weary of addressing issues that I, or others, associate with on a daily basis.
What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech? I admire the multi-faceted liberal arts education at Georgia Tech because it includes core classes in many areas of study, like math, science, literature, and even fine arts. Taking a variety of classes from Political Processes to Research Methods, and classes not just within my specific major has helped me find other topics that I am interested in. These classes have prompted me to take up new hobbies, learn new things, and even change the direction of my studies altogether. Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech provided me multiple viewpoints and allowed for educational opportunities that cannot be obtained from the trade or technical schools. Its interdisciplinary studies, internships, study abroad, and other opportunities that go into shaping Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech as a whole, adds depth to my overall college experience. Lastly, I cherish the close-knit interactions that I have with faculty members and students. The network that I have established during my time at Ivan Allen allowed me to be immersed into a diverse community where each member has a different way of perceiving the world. Therefore, I have created long-lasting friendships that continue to grow my character and add valuable meaning to the discussions and thoughts I have with peers and the community.
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