I declared a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in September 2017 after a year of deliberation. After I talked with several faculty members and students of the Davidson Political Science Department, I realized that Political Science combines nearly all my passions and places a special emphasis on three of my interests: communications, civil discourse, and journalism. In May 2020, I was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.
Studying political science engaged my curiosity in the field of communications in many ways, such as through the analysis of public speaking. The field acknowledges the power of communication on world events. I also furthered my skills in computer science and mathematics by using statistics and statistic languages to help prove political science theories.
I researched into polarization and deliberation in North Carolina with one of my professors, Dr. Graham Bullock. As an independent study, I spent an average of 10 hours a week examining how polarization and deliberation have changed in North Carolina's recent history.
I was also a participant in Davidson in Washington, an internship and seminar program in Washington DC, during the summer of 2018. I served as the Press Fellow for the Office of Congresswoman Alma Adams and took a seminar program on Partisanship and Polarization in American Politics.
As the Press Fellow, I had duties beyond those of a normal Congressional Intern. In addition to normal Congressional Intern duties like answering the phone, responding to constituents, giving tours of the Capitol, conducting research, and greeting guests, I also compiled press clips, drafted media advisories and press releases, photographed meetings, created social media posts, worked on graphic design projects, and edited writing projects for other members of the press staff.