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NAME: MANYA JOHNSTON-RAMIREZ
COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
What got you interested in politics?
My history teacher in high school was really into the intersection of politics and history, which helped me realize this was an area that I was interested in! I also used to get into arguments about politics with classmates growing up so it just made sense for me.
What is your favorite Monument in Washington, DC?
I haven’t gotten to visit many monuments yet but I really enjoyed the FDR memorial. It’s very peaceful and it feels more personal than some of the other monuments.
What is your dream job?
My realistic dream job is not super clear to me, but something in the policy area. My unrealistic dream job is Indiana Jones. I would love to be a professor of archaeology but also go on wild international adventures to recover artifacts from bad guys.
What is your favorite book?
I have to go with American Gods by Neil Gaiman. He is my favorite author and it’s an amazing story. I highly recommend it!
What does true leadership mean to you?
I think a good leader is someone who doesn’t force their authority onto you. They should lead in a way that makes you want to do what they’re asking of you because you respect their judgement and can trust them. If you also have to question their authority, they should feel confident enough in their position that they can explain it to you.