Hello beautiful world, Amy here.
This blog is dedicated to one Amanda Brooks. Amanda and I sat down one cheery afternoon in UConn’s Homer Babbidge Library’s Bookworms Cafe. Over tea, I had the privilege of being a guest of The Amanda Show (no, no not the cult classic that catapulted Amanda Bynes to stardom but the arguably more humble, sweet, and fellow LVC noob tour leader Amanda Brooks).
Amanda is a junior who’s majoring in Political Science, with minors in Criminology and Sociology. She’s a Connecticut gal with hopes of Law School looming in the future. In pursuing her interests in Law School, she has become enthusiastically involved with a number of organizations and programs offered through UConn. In particular, Brooks spoke eagerly of her internship at a public defender’s law office that will run the course of the spring semester. She has scheduled her classes and extra-curricular activities so that she is able to travel off-campus once a week to the Hartford Criminal Courthouse.
The internship spans from January to May and averages out to about ten hours a week. Furthermore, the internship counts a three- credits towards graduation and her criminology minor. She spoke of being able to interview clients in lock-up to sitting in on murder trials and even traveling out in the field with investigators.
In addition to having the best job on campus as a tour leader, Amanda works at the quintessential Front Desk, the office students when they lock themselves out of their room; they are a shining light amidst mayhem and frustration that somehow victimizes every student at least once in their college career. She has been involvement with U.S.G., the Undergraduate Student Government. This summer, she hopes to study abroad in Italy “because of the lasagna”. Of course, she plans to take two classes that center around Italian food cooking and related cultural teachings. In addition, she has looked into a course about Italian politics that fits into her majors.
Amanda hopes to take advantage of all of the opportunities available via UConn. And it seems she is well on her way vis-a-vis her involvement in a variety of student organizations, internship, and study abroad. Still, she hopes to find time to fit in “Oozeball”, our annual mud volleyball tournament, rock climbing in the gym, and white water rafting.
Amanda exclaims “the size of UConn is overwhelming but becomes much smaller when you get involved” and I must agree with Amanda and note that the campus must feel much smaller to her as an active student and spirited Husky.