November 6, 2012
I am fortunate that as a freshman I encountered the Junior State of America, a student run organization dedicated to creating civically minded American youth. Reflecting on the last three years, I realize that my involvement was a valuable journey. I pushed myself beyond my comfort zone by engaging in debate, public speaking in front of crowds bordering on one thousand students, and running for elected office. I learned how to manage my own staff, plan regional events, and assert myself onto both the national and international stage. I did this by enforcing activism initiatives, as well as participating in programs like JSA's diplomat cultural emersion program in Beijing, China where I took Mandarin and Chinese history classes. I learned to combat the negative side of politics and to overcome challenges. JSA taught me the power of an individual, helped me find my voice as a female leader, and ignited a passion within me to continue to involve myself in civic engagement and activism.
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