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Ever since I was in early elementary school, I have been fantastically struck with the inner-workings of the government. I am fascinated with public policy, international relations and public opinion—three things that could put some to sleep. Moreover, I was probably the only third grader in the country watching CNN like a policy wonk. I started third grade shortly after September 11, 2001, which is when my captivation of politics began. My parents talked with me about politics and history a great deal. I knew as much as I could retain at that time about the tragic events of Pearl Harbor, the World Wars, and presidential scandals. Events and knowledge such as this built a foundation that I used to thrust myself into a political science major at UNL, where I will be graduating in May of 2015. Since starting at UNL, I have completed internships and jobs in both Lincoln and Washington, D.C., and eventually want to attend law school.People have asked me, on what type of law do you want to focus, what type of law do you want to practice? I think about that question and have come to what I think is a reasonable conclusion: I just want to help people. There are many problems in the world—from wars and famine to resource issues and social protests—I want to throw myself into as many issues as I possibly can. My most recent venture is with State Senator Rick Kolowski. I admire the Senator and his staff a great deal. This is truly one of the best places I have ever had the opportunity to work and can’t wait to assist them with the upcoming session.I encourage all of you to follow your passion and do what makes you happy. Public policy and political
strategy makes me happy. Even when there are difficult and sad times, there are goals to which I am working and won’t stop until I reach them.
I have been an intern in Senator Kolowski’s office for almost a year. Even at a young age I was curious about American politics and world news. I have always been inspired by the role politics plays at both a local and global level. During my freshman year at Lincoln East High School I testified at a committee hearing concerning the senator’s school security bill. This was my first experience getting involved in Nebraska politics and I knew instantly that it was something in which I wanted to further my participation. I believe that our great state’s unique system of government is an excellent example of government because it truly functions to best serve the people of Nebraska. Senator Kolowski and his staff have taught me many lessons over the past year but most importantly they have taught me the art of non-partisanship. The way the Senator and his staff care about the well-being of all constituents regardless of their political affiliations or viewpoints and work to serve them well, has inspired me to be a positive voice as I pursue politics further. This coming legislative session I look forward to leading our “Pledge to Reg” drive to allow 16-year-olds to register to vote when they get their motor vehicle license so that they are prepared to participate in elections right when they turn 18. This bill creates an excitement in youth about participating in Nebraskan politics. I enjoy my time as a dancer and cheerleader. I am on my school’s speech and debate team and student council. Outside of school I have the fantastic opportunity to be part of Youth Leadership Lincoln, an organization that has allowed me to network with other youth and adult leaders. I am very hopeful about Nebraska’s future and look forward to helping Nebraska grow in a positive direction.