The classes I’ve taken at NMH have been great, but I’ve also had incredible out-of-the-classroom experiences. Last spring, as part of our Humanities II course, about 17 of us went to South Africa. We went into the townships and it was so powerful to actually witness what we had studied.
Another experience that was really exciting was being involved with the VOTES Project (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State). This is a civics curriculum created at NMH 24 years ago that gets students across the country involved in mock elections. It takes place when there is a presidential election, and NMH is the center of information that is coming in nationwide. Students take on all kinds of roles—candidates, campaign managers, pollsters—and I served as anchorman for the coverage. I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington.