"Advanced Placement classes and exams for college credit motivated and challenged me to think and work at a collegiate level."
"I was Chicago born and suburban raised. Kindergarten through senior year, I went to Plainfield public schools. I didn't start to even ponder college education until I was a sophomore in high school. From sophomore year forward, Advanced Placement classes and exams for college credit motivated and challenged me to think and work at a collegiate level. American political culture and our judicial system have always fascinated me. When I started filling out college applications and visiting universities, I always marked political science as my potential major. I was torn between enrolling at DePaul or University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. But ultimately, city life and the DePaul community captivated me."
"Being a Mitchem Fellow is an incredible opportunity for me to explore graduate education."
"In general, the Arnold Mitchem Fellows program demystifies the graduate school application process while fostering a bond between young scholars with an intense curiosity for research. The program provides research experience abroad and helps us hone in our research interests and techniques while connecting us with faculty and research institutions. In fact, in summer 2014, I will be traveling to London to research access to higher education. The staff of both the TRIO Student Support Services and Mitchem programs has been exponentially helpful in my formation and attainment of my long-term and short-term goals."
"As a low-income and first-generation college student, I'm doubly pioneering unfamiliar territory."
"I'm a big advocate of goal setting. Right now, I'm looking to improve my statistical reasoning, public speaking, reading speed and writing style. By next school year, I hope that I will have gained confidence as a researcher and presenter. In the long term, I hope to have received my PhD and become a full-fledged academic within the next eight years."