Students at Bard are really enthusiastic about social justice. Hearing about what people around me were doing, I felt like I should get involved. Last summer, I received a Community Action Award to work with kids in New York City to reduce police misconduct. I write and do theater at Bard, too, which came in handy in my field assignments. I wrote presentations and trained high school students in public speaking, teaching them to do outreach with even younger students. I would go into neighborhoods, see a bunch of kids who had been in bad situations with the police, and tell them about their rights and about how to defuse a situation. The students I worked with were super inspiring—their drive to get involved and work for social justice at such a young age was amazing. I told a lot of them to apply to Bard! It was a fun organization to work for. It felt like I was doing something important and meaningful.
Naturally curious people are drawn to Bard. I’ve been exposed to so many things here that I had never thought about before. My roommate’s a film major and he also studies philosophy. He’s introduced me to all these films and new ideas. I meet tons of people here who really know their stuff in their particular field. I hear about it and it’s mind blowing. It’s made me think about new topics. The curiosity rubs off on you.