In September 2017, my sophomore year at Davidson College, I declared a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science after a year of deliberation. The potential degrees I first considered, such as computer science, have seemingly no relation to this final choice. However, after I talked with several faculty members of the Davidson Political Science Department and even more students, I realized that Political Science combines nearly all my passions and places a special emphasis on two of my interests, civil discourse and journalism.
Studying political science engages my curiosity in the field of communications through the analysis of public speaking. The field acknowledges the power of communication on world events. I can also further my passions of computer science and mathematics by using statistics and statistic languages to help prove political science theories.
To that end, I conducted research 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 the way polarization and deliberation have changed in North Carolina's recent history.
The summer of 2018, I was a participant in the competitive Davidson in Washington program, an internship and seminar program in Washington DC. 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.