Why Politics?

Describe the world you come from - for example, your family, community or school - and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations."

I want to change the cynical, bitter stigma attached to politics. Many only see corruption and greedy lobbying, but politics is my outlet to solve the growing problems of our modern world. Nothing else has the potential to affect the lives of every single human being.

Walking into Senator Bob Wieckowski’s district office on my first day, I had read California Legislature Vol. 4 cover to cover and researched every nuance of the senator’s political agenda. My greatest fear was boring intern work. Thankfully, from the moment I was given my own office and government profile, I knew I wouldn’t be delivering decafs.

I was tasked with resolving voters’ personal concerns while leading a team to organize community events. I will never forget my phone call with Mrs. Torres. She could no longer afford the rent after her husband passed away. Her sobbing turned to joy as I explained Wieckowski’s Senate Bill 501, which lowered wage garnishment for low income workers. I sent my notes of our conversation to the senator, who used them in committee to show the bill’s potential impact. Mrs. Torres retained her home after the bill passed.

Having direct, meaningful impact on people in my community was truly a dream come true. A small taste of real...

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