Abigail Anger, Catholic '22, is a Politics and Psychology major from Mandeville, LA. After graduation, she'll be working as a Teach for America Corps Member in the Appalachian Region.
Briefly describe your new job opportunity.
"Teach for America is an educational non-profit dedicated to tackling educational inequity which partners with school districts in all 50 states! We recruit and develop talented and passionate people who bring their unique life experiences into the classroom to broaden students’ perspectives—and their own.Teach For America has been partnering with students and families, educators, and community and business leaders in Appalachia since 2011 to help more kids have access to an excellent education and the life opportunities that come with it."
How did your Catholic University education help you find this career path?
"Catholic University has instilled in me a passion for service and a desire to recognize the face of Christ in all whom I encounter. After many interactions with the Office of Campus Ministry through my experience at Catholic University, including retreats, student ministry, and building personal relationships with many staff members, I knew that long-term service was what I wanted to do post-grad. I worked with the Office of Campus Ministry and Director of the Honors Program to discern various options and found Teach for America. I immediately knew that Teach for America's mission as an educational non-profit working with students from low income backgrounds closely connected a long-term goal of mine to work in education policy. The opportunity to truly know a community and its children, to experience their joys and challenges, will be a great gift and the first step in becoming a strong policy maker."
What activities were you involved in during undergrad?
"I was President of the Student Government Association; two-year Student Minister through the Office of Campus Ministry; and Chair of the Politics Department Undergraduate Advisory Board."
What were some highlights of your time at Catholic University?
- "A service and justice immersion trip to West Virginia where we worked on local sustainability initiatives
- Having my research, 'Federalism in India’s Effect on Climate Change Policy' published in Inventio, the Undergraduate Research Journal
- Holding six internships, two of which were with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-R) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (NY-D) both during the impeachment trial (quite a jump across the aisle!)"
What advice do you have for students during their job search?
"My biggest advice for students embarking on their post-grad search would be to talk to people! Talk to people who are in positions that you find interesting and talk to people who have similar goals and passions!"