Hometown: Berkeley, California
Campus Activities: Campus Democrats, Alpha Sigma Tau
Podcasts or Netflix: Podcasts
House of Cards or West Wing: West Wing
Favorite Political News Outlet: NPR or the Times
Favorite Place on Campus: Ascension
What sparked your interest in politics?
“My parents sparked my interest in politics. They talked about politics and the state of the world around the dinner table every night and always asked for my and my brother’s opinion.”
What do you want to do after leaving Kenyon?
“I want to go to law school and eventually be an appellate court lawyer.”
Why do you love Hillary Clinton?
“I love Hillary Clinton because she cares about the safety and prosperity of average Americans. The issues that she fights for are particularly important to me, chief among them gun violence prevention and foreign policy. She is the only candidate with the experience to be able to effectively navigate the tumultuous international stage and she’s also the only candidate who been consistently on the right side of gun violence prevention issues.”
What are you most excited about for your internships with Hillary Clinton?
“I’m most excited just to help in any way I can in what could be the most important presidential election of our life time. It’s an incredible opportunity to work closely with intelligent people on issues that are so important to me.”
If you were running for President, which of your (current or previous) professors would be your running mate? Why?
“My high school teacher, Keldon Clegg, would be running mate mostly because he has a great name. No in all seriousness, I would pick him as a running mate because he understands American history, policy, and our Constitution better than anyone I have ever met. He’s also not afraid to speak his mind and pushes the people he works with very hard. I think all those qualities would make him an ideal Vice President.”
What’s one quote that has helped you become the woman you are today?
“‘… in order to form a more perfect union…’
This is a quote from the preamble of the constitution. I think that it has helped shape me because it reminds me that we the people of the United States must continue to perfect our union of states. It reminds me every day that I must work hard to make our country better. It’s not going to improve unless someone decides that enough is enough and it’s time for a change.”
Thank you, Jessie, best of luck this summer!