There are continuous stories in the news of failing school districts, but my goal is to help a larger percentage of students receive the experience I was privileged enough to have.

Kyle Adams '18
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"I entered Bucknell expecting to pursue an education major, as I volunteered in schools my whole life. But when I took my first economics and comparative humanities classes, I was hooked. As I began thinking about the future and what I wanted to do, I felt like I could make a bigger impact in the educational field with the kind of preparation I'm getting through this double major.

"My current plan is to bring these skills to law school. Economics has given me a background in how the world responds to scarcity, while my comparative humanities courses have strengthened my reading, writing and communicative abilities. If I can find a way to marry the two and better understand the underlying institutional problems in the public education sector, I can be better equipped to help schools that have been long neglected.

"I'm hoping to work in public education policy. I want to help schools resolve issues regarding curriculum and funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a very privileged education and have learned that my experience is not normal. There are continuous stories in the news of failing school districts, but my goal is to help a larger percentage of students receive the experience I was privileged enough to have.

"Volunteering with the Lewisburg Listening Post helped me discover this passion of mine. It is a nonprofit organization that gives Bucknell students the chance to meet and interact with students in the local elementary and middle schools. We have lunch with any kids who feel intimidated by the larger cafeteria setting or just want to talk about what's going on in their life. Hearing their personal stories made me realize that I did not have an ordinary life. The school district does a great job, and schools across the country could benefit from implementing programs like the Listening Post."

Kyle is from Boalsburg, Pa.

Posted November 2017

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