Yet while her family moved to Alabama when she was 15, she still shared some of the same problems that home-grown students face with their college experience.
The United Nations trip was an eye opening experience and a great application of the UN class taught by Dr. Zahariadis. In class, we listen to lectures and read about the United Nations' organs and its flaws, but nothing is more exciting than to actually hear about the practice, the stories, and the paths the UN employees had to take to arrive at their current destinations.
Rachel Hicks, a graduate student in the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at UAB, has public service in her blood.
"I am the daughter of two navy captains," Rachel says. "I had a role model of public service early on that led me to where I am now in government service."
I interned at the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation (ACCRF) during the spring of 2013 and had many awesome experiences. ACCRF's goal is to get a new Alabama State Constitution drafted that will unite and benefit all citizens instead of just a few powerful interests.
As an intern for Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation (ACCRF), one of my favorite experiences has been witnessing the actual rewriting of the longest constitution in the world. Attending Constitutional Revision Commission meetings at the State House in Montgomery has been an educational, exciting, and motivational opportunity.
My interest in social justice is grounded in the profound belief that my generation must and will play a central role in fixing the broken systems of our world. For me, this translates to the broken global food system that leaves nearly a billion people without enough to eat. Based on this core value, I have structured my college experience around acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to be a leader in the global effort to eliminate hunger and poverty.