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Rebeca Berger

Rebeca Berger

"I definitely wanted that true campus feel, but wanted to also be close to a city. I wanted a school that a green grass quad, but yet all the events and conveniences of a big city. The CLEG major was also a huge draw for me. AU was the right size, the right distance from home, had extremely welcoming and friendly people on campus, and had everything I wanted to study in one major, so it was perfect! I have never regretted my choice since."

Email: rb2600a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
Year: 2017
Study: CLEG / Journalism double major, Statistics minor
Internships: National Organization for Women, Envision Experience, various political campaigns
Study Abroad: Rome, Italy - John Cabot University
Undergraduate Research: currently working on a Kogod Business Report about Washington DC CEOs and business owners’ recommendations and ideas for how the new administration should grow the economy
Involvement on Campus: SPA Ambassadors, Club Softball, AU Hillel, Jewish Student Association
Future Career Goals: I would love to work in the field of public policy or political communication. However, I also have a huge interest in baseball, and if the opportunity came up to do sportswriting or baseball statistics, I would jump on that as well.

Lexi Ivers

Lexi Ivers

"I wanted to be at the epicenter of federal law and politics. I also chose to come to AU because many of the faculty members are experts in my academic areas of interest."

Email: Li4301a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Philadelphia
Year: 2018
Major: Law and Society
Internships: Office of U.S Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
Study Abroad Experience: US-UK Fulbright in Bristol Undergraduate
Research:

  1. The legal history of slavery in the U.S
  2. Sex trafficking inD.C

Involvement on Campus:

  1. SPA Head Ambassador
  2. SPA Council Vice President
  3. Every Nation Campus student ministry

Future Career Goals: Child welfare staff attorney

Abigail Lore

Abigail Lore

"I chose AU for the location. There are endless opportunities in DC and because their is an organization or agency working on every issue, students can continue to discover what's out there and choose to change their mind with assurance that they can still have a successful career. I also chose AU because of their professors. But the talent that is in the classrooms, but also how well connected they are. I have had multiple professors bring in guest speakers form the field. That enhances the learning experience ten fold. Lastly, Washington DC really is your classroom and you really can't get there any where else."

Email: al0466a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Merrimack, NH
Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Political Science Advanced degree in Leadership studies (SPA Leadership program) Certificate in Women and Public Policy (WPP scholarship)
Internships: Government Relations Intern at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Advocacy Office
Intern at Office of US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, District Office Manchester, NH
Data and Analytics intern at EMILYs List
Health Team Intern/Fellow at HCM Strategists
Involvement on Campus:
AU Rec Fit - Member Services Specialist, Wellness Ambassador. AU Athletics, SPA Leadership, SPA Ambassadors
Future Career Goals:
To work within the patient advocacy space on health care policy. I am particularly interested in the current system of insurance and payment, affordability and access.

Dimitri Pixley

Dimitri Pixley

"First, I thought that DC would be the perfect place to get experience in political science. I had previously been to DC and known that I loved the area and when choosing a school I took that into account. I know that DC would give me internship and job opportunities like no other and what better place to learn about politics than the heart of politics. Secondly, American University is a very diverse school that excels at all the fields that it offers. As an open gay man I knew that I would be accepted and be able to find a great group of friends while also learning from a variety of professors."

Email: dpixley@american.edu
Hometown: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Year: 2017
Major: Political Science and Psychology
Internships: Policy and Operations Intern at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Campus Involvement: Wellness Crew at American University Wellness Center, Work at Bender Library, SPA Ambassador
Future Career Goals: For the future I really hope to be working at a nonprofit or grassroots organization. I am very passionate about LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. I believe that there is still a long road ahead in those two different areas and because I have personal experience in at least one, I want to take that experience and apply it. I want to be able to positively affect people's lives and know I did something good for the DC community and other communities.

Grace Rotar

Grace Rotar

Why did you choose AU: Location in DC and proximity to federal agencies, amazing faculty and alumni connections, beautiful campus that's still in an urban setting, TDR's chocolate chip cookies and Mac'n'cheese Wednesdays

Email: gr8306a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Warwick, NY
Year: 2018
Major: Justice and Law, BA/Mandarin Chinese, Minor
Internships: Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (Drug Testing and Compliance Unit)
Jobs: United States Secret Service-Investigative Support Assistant
Undergraduate Research: Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers (semester-long research project; designed a program to help rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers from Sierra Leone)
Involvement on Campus: AU Scholars Program (Peer Mentor), Sigma Kappa Sorority (Vice President of Finance), AU Club XC/TF
Future Career Goals: Special Agent in a federal intelligence/law enforcement agency

Rebecca Rusiecki

Rebecca Rusiecki

"I chose AU because of all of the great opportunities! I liked that it was so easy to become politically active, and I knew there would be really great jobs and internships available to me. I also liked that so many of the professors have had real-world experience in the fields I want to work in. Also, I liked that AU is small enough that you don't feel like just another face in the crowd (and professors will actually take the time to get to know you!), but big enough that it's easy to meet new people and get involved!"

Email: rr2415a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Riverside, Illinois (right outside Chicago)
Year: 2017
Major: Political Science, with a concentration in Law and Politics
Internships: White House Office of Presidential Correspondence, City of Chicago's Law Department, in the Civil Rights Litigation Division.
On Campus: SPA Ambassadors, Fitness Leader at Jacobs Fitness Center and work in SPA's Office of Graduate Admissions.
Future Career Goals: I'm really interested in the legal field, so I'm hoping to go to law school. I loved working for Chicago's Law Department, so I'd like to work in the public sector.

Dakota Strode

Dakota Strode

"I choose AU because of its many well-known political science programs, the opportunities of living in DC, and the potential to work in the United States government during and after attending college."

Email: ds4090a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Knoxville, Illinois
Year: 2019
Major: Political Science/Russian
Internships: Intern Darin LaHood for US Congress
Study Abroad: Trinity College, Dublin (fall 2017)
Undergraduate Research: On LGBTQA+ Rights, LGBT Veterans
On Campus: Queers & Allies Co-Community Coordinator for Queer & Progressive Men, LGBTQA+ Peer Educator, SPA Ambassador Career
Future Career Goals: Work as a legislative staffer in Congress; Become a member of Congress; Become Secretary of State; Be an appointed Ambassador to Ireland, England, or Russia

Cynthia Turcios

Cynthia Turcios

"I chose AU because it was close to home. Also because the School of Public Affairs was highly ranked. I knew I would be getting the best education. Most of the professors are professionals in what they are teaching so they would be able to bring real-world knowledge to the classroom."

Email: ct1993a@student.american.edu
Hometown: Washington, DC
Year: 2019
Major: Justice and Law
Minor: Communications
Internships: DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Involvement on Campus: Phi Alpha Delta Brother, SPA Ambassador: E-Board: Marketing and Communications, Office Admin at Washington College of Law
Future Career Goals: I am looking forward to going to law school after graduation. I want to be civil or criminal lawyer, undecided right now, and be able to help specially those of low-income.

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