Where did you complete your Undergraduate Studies?
University of South Carolina
What degree are you working toward?
I am currently working towards a PhD in Political Science, primarily American Politics with a concentration in Methods. I am also minoring in African American and African Diaspora Studies. Most of my research focuses on racial and ethnic politics and the growing inequality gap in the United States. I also enjoy studying comparative politics, specifically that of British politics.
Why did you choose graduate school at IU Bloomington?
Bloomington is a beautiful area and easily accessible to Indianapolis. Compared to most other places in the country, it is very affordable. IU offers a quality degree program overall and has wonderful faculty that work hard to maintain its rank. Research was very important to me when selecting an institution and fortunately IU provides many opportunities to aid in the research process.
What's been your favorite academic accomplishment since you've been here?
I am currently on my third year of my PhD program. I received the Ronald E. McNair Fellowship my first year which I am very grateful for and proud of. I am also a CRRES affiliate and have been able to network with people outside of my department as a result. The people I have met as a result of my academic journey has been my favorite accomplishment. As a first generation college student, I never really knew what the process was to be perceived as a scholar and what lengths I would have to go to get to this point. I enjoy going back to my previous institution and sharing what I have learned with aspiring graduate students who want to take the same track.
What do you enjoy most about life in Bloomington?
I love the nature that surrounds Bloomington, specifically Lake Monroe. Shortly after I moved here, I became a dog-mom to my Yorkshire Terrier - Teddy. Together we enjoy walks around Lake Monroe and spend time visiting the local dog park on the west side.
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