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"I am a senior here at Bloomsburg University and a Russian Language major. This past summer I was able to represent Bloomsburg University as an intern with congress and working with White House Staff and Speaker Paul Ryan in D.C. I am seeking to become a United States Secret Service agent to combat terrorism, fraud and work with other agencies to combat human trafficking, etc. The three things I am extremely passionate about. I try my best to make my dream come true and also to be a good student at a university that I love and which was my top choice to attend.
As I was seeking internships for summer 2016 I knew I wanted to be something big! Specifically, something in the government where I can get a look at what it will be like in my future career, which is to join the U.S. Secret Service. I sent in my information from an email on Congressman Robert Brady's website and at first I didn't think I would get it, but I was called for a phone interview and then a week later I was told I got the internship working on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. I was so excited!
During my internship I had attended many meetings and briefings with politicians and staff, such as senators, staff from the Pentagon, White House, FBI, NSA, CIA, Department of State etc. I also had to answer the phone and speak with constituents about different issues and answer questions that they had about a specific bill or legislation. I met with different dignitaries and private sector CEO's and learned how congress plays a big role. I had to write letters to constitutes on a plethora of topics that they wanted more information about such as, veteran benefits, gun laws and many more. I appreciated that I was given tasks and assignments that interested me (human trafficking, terrorism, and fraud--three things that I am very passionate about combatting). I was able to use my Russian language skills 4 times throughout my internship! I was able to meet and speak with my idol and role model Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Great guy! One reason I look up to him is because I lost my father at 12 years old and he lost his at the age of 16. Seeing how far he has come having the same problem I had growing up gave me hope I can reach my goals. Conducting my internship made me proud to be a BU student because everyone I worked with and met were all ivy league students from universities such as Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Penn, Princeton, George Washington, and Georgetown. That showed me that I am just as good as they are and can accomplish anything they can.
My main goal has been to become a USSS Special Agent and I had to do what I ever I needed to be a great candidate. Russian is one of the top critical languages for our government and it is an arduous language to learn. I figured if I study Russian I could be more marketable and be a better asset for my career. I love the Russian language!"
Arabic / Spanish Major Wins Critical Languages ScholarshipCassandra Souza, a junior / senior majoring in Arabic and Spanish, is being awarded the Critical Languages Scholarship, 100% funding to study Arabic language during summer 2016.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.
The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.
Cassandra is currently studying abroad at the BU program in Granada, Spain.
Spanish Major Wins Scholarship, Studies in Argentina
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