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By the time I was twelve years old, I realized one crucial thing about myself - I had a passion and a talent for public speaking. This early discovery was later nurtured and directed towards a deep interest for debate settings where current policy was discussed. Ranging from Model United Nations debates in middle school to Intercollegiate Mock Trial competitions at Penn State, I evolved into a passionate advocate for effective policy design, research and writing and the legal field as an instrument for change.

Upon graduation from Penn State University in 2021, I had the amazing opportunity to work at one of the most prestigious law firms in the country, Cooley LLP at their Reston office. This opportunity as well as the contacts that I was able to make there, only reinforced my ultimate goal of attending Law School in the near future and practicing Law. 

I  have always prided myself in being a multifaceted individual who always seeks to better herself and move towards a new challenge that aligns with my life purpose of helping others. It is for this reason that in August of 2022 I founded INDIGO Holistic Multiverse. A holistic health organization that seeks to shed light to an alternative approach to health and wellness from a simplified and attainable perspective. Although we are currently in the first steps of this project, our content has already reached over 25,000 people in just a couple months and we are just getting started.

READ MORE ABOUT INDIGO HERE:

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Professional Experience

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JAN 2018- MAY 2021

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Obtained a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Crime, Law & Psychology and a legal studies certificate.

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MAY  2020 - MAY  2021

POLITICAL AWARENESS

Had the opportunity of joining the team at PA as writer and staff editor to several political articles intended to bring political education.

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2019-2021

MOCK TRIAL at PENN STATE

Had the opportunity to represent Penn State at Intercollegiate Mock Trial competitions throughout the Northeast. 

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OCT 2021

COOLEY LLP 

As a PTA for the Business Litigation team, I had the opportunity to gain insight into litigation procedures, legal research & writing, among others.

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MAY - JULY 2019

ERIE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

As a sophomore, I had the opportunity of interning at the office of president Judge John J. Trucilla at the Erie County Courthouse.

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AUGUST 2022

INDIGO MULTIVERSE 

Founder & creator of  a holistic health community that seeks to shed light to alternative wellness practices. 

Open Books

WRITING SAMPLES

A compilation of some of my best work as an undergraduate Political Science student at Penn State.

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DEMOCRACY AT RISK IN THE FACE OF COVID-19

Subject: PLSC 414 Dictatorships & Their Demise 

In the form of empirical research, this article has the purpose of analyzing the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the accelerated rise of Authoritarianism throughout the world and more specifically, in Hungary.  

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ARE THE CORE PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY ENFORCEABLE?

Subject: PLSC 447 Public Opinion and Political Attitudes

 

This paper centers around the growing question on whether the American public is currently capable of enforcing democratic processes as stated in the Constitution due to the growing division informed by extreme partisanship.

 

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Clientelism in Latin America

Subject: PLSC Political Psychology

The purpose of this research paper, is to analyze the ways in which clientelism influences democratic processes in Latin America. As well as determining the consequences of these practices in the social, political and economic development of Latin American nations.

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THE RISKS OF BIASED PARTISANSHIP

Subject: PLSC 447 Public Opinion and Political Attitudes

This essay seeks to bring light to the dangers of biased partisanship when it comes to the enactment of legislation and the role of the current media channels in the perpetuation of misinformation.

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IRAN'S MOTIVATION FOR NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION

Subject: PLSC 497 Nuclear Weapons in International Relations

This research paper centers around Iran's history of involvement with a nuclear program and how its current relationship with the United States might influence further nuclear proliferation.

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INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL 

ECONOMY

Subject: International Political Economy 

This article answers to three main questions regarding China's most recent economic policies, the risks multinational corporations face and the economic repercussions of greater trade openness. 

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