Government and International Politics
Samantha Moore has always been passionate about service, a sensibility she learned from family and applied to her time at Mason.
“My dad’s a fourth-grade teacher, but he did so much more beyond teaching,” Moore said. “He’s passionate about creating a change that extends throughout generations.”
The Bedford, Michigan native said she was drawn to Mason for its programs focusing on grant writing and nonprofit work, and as a freshman participated in a nonprofit fellowship through the School of Integrative Studies.
Working with Britepaths, an organization that provides stability services to individuals in Fairfax County, Moore said she helped secure nearly $12,000 in grants.
During the fellowship, Moore also learned about a military nonprofit, which inspired her to join the GMU Patriot Battalion. She plans to attend law school to become a Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officer.
“As a leader, it’s really important not to just make a change for yourself, but to make sure you’re doing that for everyone around you,” she said.
At Mason, Moore has been a resident advisor and helped create curriculum for the Honors College that helps students solve challenges for local nonprofits.
“I’m excited because this program will impact [Mason] students, but it will also impact the greater community,” she said.
Beyond class, Moore participated in an alternative spring break in Xela, Guatemala, and visited Israel on a Mason Hillel trip.
“These experiences gave me a window into the needs of the world beyond Mason, and beyond where I thought my influence was limited,” Moore said.
“That’s the best thing about Mason, she added, “the diverse perspective it brings and the opportunities it creates.”