In the December of 2018 I graduated from William Paterson University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Political Science, History, as well as a lot of coursework in literature and writing. I was fortunate to work as a student ambassador and administrative assistant for William Paterson University’s “WPU @ Mercer” program from August 2016 to December 2018.
From October of 2017 to December 2018 I had the pleasure to serve as Opinions Page editor, copy editor, columnist, and reporter for the College VOICE– the student newspaper for Mercer County Community College. During my tenure with the College VOICE I was recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press 2018 Diversity Series Story of the Year (Fall 2018) for my contribution to our coverage of the March for Our Lives protests and by Society of Professional Journalists, with a Mark of Excellence Award (Spring 2018) for my column writing, including my article about censoring hate speech on Twitter.
Between the Spring of 2014 and 2015 I completed my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Mercer County Community College.
Also in 2015, I ran for town council of East Windsor, where in a contest between eight candidates, I won fifth place. While that didn’t equate to a seat on the council it was certainly a rewarding learning experience. In 2014 I ran for East Windsor Regional School Board as a write-in candidate, running to protest against the Common Core State Standards. In 2013 I ran for the New Jersey state Assembly in the 14th Legislative District.
Prior to my 2013 run for New Jersey Assembly I was a rather confused soul. As you can see from some of these pictures, I went through quite a bit of evolving.
When I was younger I didn’t think much about politics. I thought mainly about literature and metaphysics and regretfully, despite these academic interests I avoided college.
My head really was “in the clouds”.
As ignorant as I was, I still maintained a sense of ambition, I just wasn’t certain exactly what it was I hoped to achieve.
Then one day I decided to start watching the news and
learn about everything that was going on in the world.
I was born and raised here in New Jersey.
When I was a kid my parents got divorced so I got to enjoy time with my father and step mother, in Cream Ridge-where it is quite rural- and with my mother and step father, in Robbinsville, which is more suburban. I was not interested in politics as a kid, or as a teenager.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a movie star like John Travolta or Marlon Brando. As a teenager, I wanted to a poet like Jack Kerouac.
Then as a young adult I grew fascinated with philosophers like Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche. I began studying philosophy at college, and independently as well. Despite my fascination with philosophy I never thought much about political philosophy. I was more interested in questions such as “do we have free will? And how can I know one way or the other?”
I attended Kean University but disliked the urban environment. So then I transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University. The campus was beautiful and inspirational but I didn’t enjoy the courses. I wanted, instead, to be free to devote myself to writing and took a semester off, lived in Miami Beach, working various jobs and writing but then decided to move back to New Jersey and give Mercer County Community College a try. I remained unsatisfied with my education, and took one more semester off, again living in Florida, this time in Tampa, and decided once more to give college a try. Unfortunately none of my fundamental questions about life were being answered at college, which was very frustrating, and so I decided to take my education into my own hands.
I studied literature on my own, did a lot of writing and took care of my father who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
About 6 months later he passed away. I then wrote and self published a book. To be perfectly blunt with you, I don’t like the book and disavow the view of life I held upon writing and promoting it. In need of an income source, I applied for a job at a grocery store- Super Fresh was the first one- and then I worked at McCaffery’s. After that I worked briefly at Bottle King and then a health food store called Mrs. Greens which then went out of business. It was at that time which I was pursuing my bachelor’s degree and began work for William Paterson University and Mercer County Community College.