Hello! My name is Theresa, and I am studying public policy and psychology at Oregon State University. Outside of school, you can find me doing research on how to best support academic success, coaching other students on how to achieve their goals, and advocating for college students at the Oregon State Legislature. As someone who love to simply help others, my aim is to use my skills in research, policy, and advocacy to hear and uplift communities, especially those historically underserved.
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research, policy, and advocacy
An Issue Statement
When applying to my university's student advocacy program, I explained my mission to reimagine our education system as a launchpad for our students' livelihoods. Because of my strong application, I was accepted into the university-wide 50-student cohort.
A Policy Proposal
For the Truman Scholarship, I developed a policy proposal focused on intiating a pilot program for financial literacy. As a result of my scholarship application, I was chosen as Oregon State University's campus nominee.
A Blog Post
To conclude my internship at Forth, I published an article recapping my experience and how authentic partnerships can make an impact in policy.
A Policy Concept
Noticing how student needs are not met, my policy group created a policy concept, advocating for making personal finance a high school requirement in Oregon.
A Lightning Talk
On a $750 scholarship, I did an independent research project on how college students study, especially those in different majors. As a result, it was submitted as part of one overarching research publication, focused on how to better predict learning as a whole.
A Story Map
With a story map, I explained how education was used as a form of resistance and empowerment for Jews. Being deemed as an important contribution towards Holocaust and genocide education, my project is published on the Honors College website.
what am I doing now?
Because of the pandemic, I am enjoying the company of my mother, sister, and chihuahua in Portland, OR. I am also (slowly) learning how to speak Spanish and Vietnamese, and I am reading What You Should Know About Politics ... But Don't. Besides that, I am listening to the following podcasts: Up First, Think Out Loud, OPB Politics, Freakonomics, 538 Politics, and The Weeds.
For this Oregon state legislative session, I am excited to be involved as an OSU student advocate and a legislative intern for State Representative Ruiz! In addition, I have received news that I am Oregon State's campus nominee for the Truman Scholarship, and I am excited to see if I will be a finalist in mid-February. Finally, in terms of school, I am taking Positive Psychology, State and Local Politics, Introduction to Policy Research, and the Purpose of Education in a Democracy for this Winter term!
questions, comments, or concerns? please don't hesitate to reach out.