Sasha Kahn, Architecture, Government & Politics
Teacher Mentor: Stephen Miller, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD
Faculty Mentor: Michael Spivey*, Government & Politics
When I entered high school, I thought I would end up as a scientist like my father. Mr. Stephen Miller introduced me to the world of American government, economics, and legal thought, which would chart an entirely new course for my life. Between weekly meetings for Mock Trial, Business and Investment, and Tea Clubs, Mr. Miller created a comfortable space for his students to form and defend their views through meaningful discourse. At the University of Maryland, Professor Michael Spivey reaffirmed my commitment to studying law, even as I began to explore my passion for architecture. Professor Spivey encouraged my study of constitutional law and pushed me to question the decisions of even the most prominent judges. Our discussions helped me form my own theories of justice and righteousness that I will continue to investigate in law school and beyond. Together, my mentors have clarified for me the importance of education and forming my own opinions, making me a more thoughtful, eloquent, and compassionate person. I am incredibly thankful for their commitment to challenging their students to become the best versions of themselves.
*Professor Spivey was named a Faculty Mentor by 2012-13 and 2013-14 Merrill Scholars.