John Blessing

University of North Georgia

Though only a first-year student, John Blessing has already distinguished himself as a leader for positive social change at the University of North Georgia. An active member of the group Students for a Progressive Society, John helps organize and lead initiatives aimed at eradicating political apathy and encouraging open dialogue and engagement. These events have focused on open discussions regarding immigration, social justice, LGBTQ identity, and climate change. He is additionally at work on an event geared toward encouraging students to vote. Off campus, John has been involved in several political campaigns, both at the local and national level. John's enthusiasm and sincere interest in bettering the world around him both inspires and engages his fellow students. We look forward to the positive impact he will have on the UNG community (and beyond!) in the coming years.

Bonita Jacobs
University of North Georgia

Personal Statement

In my opinion, politics is where we as Americans can create change and ensure social justice. Unfortunately, many have forgotten or lost hope in our political system and have all but abandoned it. One of my personal goals through my work with Students for a Progressive Society is fighting political apathy; thus, many of our events revolve around extinguishing such apathy and allowing fellow students to gain a more educated perspective on how politics does indeed affect us all. Through the use of political engagement, social responsibility and educating those around me, I am able to inform and thus create a system of knowledge that leads to change. I hope to create a public forum on my campus where people are able to promote political awareness about concerns such as minority issues, environmental protection, and the importance of voting, issues that are overlooked in today's political culture.

John Blessing
Political Science: Class of 2019
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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