|On the campaign trail|
As a UMass Darmouth political science student, I've received a foundation in political thought and a general interest in the policy-making field.
When I started my honors thesis, my professors gave me a lot of freedom to research New Bedford Public Schools-an underperforming school district that I graduated from. During my research, I saw that changes needed to be made in the school district, and I wanted to be the agent of that change.
So I took advantage of UMass Dartmouth's internship program and started attending school committee meetings and volunteering in the schools. As the election came closer, I had established my project thesis, which doubled as a starter campaign platform. I decided to run for office and further develop my ideas.
Ironically, the actual completion of my thesis project has taken a back seat to the campaign. However, I'm very enthusiastic about my thesis because I see a need for more youth in politics, especially regarding schools. Even as a young candidate, I've been taken seriously. And that's because of UMass Dartmouth's Political Science program.
New Bedford School Commitee
Class of 2014