Colin grew up in Gig Harbor, Wash., made a running-start entrance to Tacoma Community College, and two years later transferred to UW Tacoma as a junior. As a senior he got involved with the Global Honors Program. Two things became apparent to him: he was awfully young, and he was having an incredible Global Honors experience. So he decided to pursue a Human Rights minor, adding another year of “toughening” and Global Honors participation.
What will he do with the larger perspective? Although he majored in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, he is not interested in becoming a politician himself. Rather, he is fascinated with the policy-making end of governance. He definitely intends to go on to a graduate program, either a PhD or a law degree. Currently, his passion is Middle Eastern politics and policy.
He’s already built up a resume of civics experience: policy intern in Olympia during the 2012 legislative session, legislative aide during the 2013 session, and another internship in the U.S. House of Representatives in the summer of 2013. Now he’s managing the campaign to re-elect State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-44th district (Lake Stevens, Wash.), who is himself an alumnus of UW.
When not in Olympia, Colin lives just up the hill from campus on S. Fawcett Ave. Close proximity to UW Tacoma has been important to him: a way to avoid the “commuter campus” feeling. He has high praise for his experience of the student community, although he recognizes even more can be done to build networks and relationships among students. His deepest impressions are of the faculty: Prof. Michael Forman, IAS, and Prof. Divya McMillin in the Global Honors Program in particular. Another mentor has been Dr. Charles Rowling, formerly an instructor at UW Tacoma, now on the faculty at University of Nebraska Kearney.
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