Krystal Lanier’s decision to major in political science came in her second year at Miami Dade College, and it made perfect sense given her civic interests. “I always had a drive to be a part of something significant to my community,” she said. Lanier, a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow who also held leadership positions in the North Campus Student Government Association and in Phi Theta Kappa, had multiple options on where to pursue her bachelor’s degree. She applied to several of the nation’s top universities, including Duke, American University and the University of Pennsylvania, but ultimately decided to go with her first choice: Georgetown. “Washington, D.C. is a melting pot of careers and for someone interested in the intersection of public policy and politics, Georgetown University is the place,” she said. Lanier already began to pursue political activism during her time at MDC. Last year she helped organize a voter registration drive Rally to Vote, where more than a thousand MDC students signed up ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The successful event was one of several factors that led to Lanier’s distinction as a Newman Civic Fellow, which provides pathways to exclusive scholarships and post-graduate opportunities. Although Lanier is moving on to Washington, D.C., she said she won’t forget the place that made it all possible. “MDC empowered me as a student and I am thankful for that,” she said. “I believe the College really cares about students who strive, seek to improve themselves and want to make a difference.”
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