Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI
Major/Minor/Institutes: Political Science and Communication Studies (double major), Ford Institute, Honors Institute
Campus Organizations: Dead Pinocchio Theatre, Players, Astronomy Club, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Students Organized for Political Awareness
Why I chose Ford: I was originally attracted to the Ford Institute because of the career/academic support that it offered as I move from college into the working world. Over the past several semesters, I have also come to enjoy the Ford activities that I have participated in, as well as the spirited debates that have occurred, often at random, among different Ford students.
Internship plans: I did an internship last summer working in State Senator Mark C. Jansen's office. This led to a low-level policy assistant job for the Senator later on in the summer. I will be returning to Lansing this summer to work with the House Policy Office, in specific regards to Michigan's budget process. I also hope to find an internship either at the CATO Institute or the Heritage Foundation next summer.
Post-graduation plans: Depending on the results of this November's elections, I will either be contemplating running for State Representative in the Fall of 2014 or attending Graduate school in pursuit of my MPP.
Favorite movie about my future profession: While not a movie, I love every single minute of NBC's The West Wing...as can be probably be deduced from the title, this seven-season show is all about the inner workings of the White House and Washington, D.C.
Current issue/topic that is important to me: I am probably most passionate about the issue of United States global leadership, or lack thereof. I believe that the United States must continue to play a key role in shaping the debate and actions that are taken in the world in order to safeguard not only our own security and freedoms, but give other, less wealthy/powerful/influential nations the chance to develop their own democracies and freedoms.
Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI
Major/Minor/Institutes: Biology major, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Institute for Pre-Medical Professions, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
Campus Organizations: Ford Institute Council, Global Medical Brigades, Resident Assistant, Student Athletic Advisory Council, Varsity Tennis Team, Delta Gamma Sorority, Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity
Why I chose Ford: I joined the Ford Institute to utilize and improve my leadership skills, to become more knowledgeable about and engaged in political matters, and to better understand and serve my community. Since joining Ford, I have become living proof that the Ford Institute is not just for those who wish to be lawyers and policy-makers. The Institute is for anyone who wants to make a difference in his or her community, school, or workplace. Before I joined Ford, I hoped that it would teach me to be a more engaged citizen, a better communicator, and a more effective leader. The Ford Institute has done that and much more for me.
Internship plans: I hope to do an internship that involves healthcare policy.
Post-graduation plans: I hope to attend medical school and become involved in the creation of either healthcare or education policy later on in my life.
Favorite movie about my future professions: Even though it is not a movie, I enjoy the television show The Big Bang Theory since it involves scientists.
Current issue/topic that is important to me: Although I am very interested in healthcare policy because it affects so many people and will play a major role in my future career, I have come to be very passionate about education policy as well. I place a very high value on education and feel that in order to improve the lives of Americans and move our nation in a positive direction, we must ensure that everyone receives a proper education.
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Major/Minor/Institutes: History and Political Science (double major), Ford Institute Concentration, Honors Program
Campus Organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, College Democrats, Habitat for Humanity, Progressive Christian Alliance, Students Organized for Political Awareness
Why I chose Ford: I found out about the Ford Institute when I first visited Albion in my freshman year of high school. Then I went to Operation Bentley and that sealed the deal.
Internship plans: I plan to work in Senator Carl Levin's office in Washington, D.C.
Post-graduation plans: After I graduate from Albion, I will probably go to graduate school, get my Ph.D. in History, and become a professor one day.
Favorite movie about my future profession: Since I am going to be an historian, I guess I can choose from any historical film, so that has to be Pearl Harbor!
Current issue/topic that is important to me: I am passionate about bipartisanship in government because it is the only way to move the country forward.