A passion for human rights, foreign policy and law | Anusha's Student Story

When looking for a university to attend, Anusha N. knew two things: she wanted to stay close to home and she wanted exciting opportunities for research. She found those two things and more at Arizona State University. 

Anusha didn’t waste any time getting involved once she arrived at ASU. The current sophomore is a part of Barrett the Honors College, majoring in Sociology and History with minors in Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and Spanish, and certificates in Human Rights and International Studies. 

Outside of her school work, Anusha is a writer for State Press, ASU’s student newspaper, is a part of Changemaker Central at ASU, started Culture Talk, and is currently a Killam Fellow at Fulbright Canada.

“ASU has so many different projects and research going on and they’re always super-inclusive, trying to take more students in. If you reach out, you can get whatever opportunities that you want to,” said Anusha. “I’m glad that ASU is really valuing the student experience as well as taking into consideration academic and long term success for our student population.”

Over the summer, Anusha was a virtual intern for the Arizona Advocacy Network, the McCain Institute and the Rutherford Institute. 

As a research intern for the Arizona Advocacy Network, Anusha conducted research for the Rights to Restoration project where she looked at all 50 states’ policies on how they gave felons the right to vote. Through the McCain Institute, she got to interact with former Foreign Service Officers and work on a project called We Hold These Truths, which is focused on educating younger generations about human rights around the world. 

Through these opportunities, she was able to deepen her understanding and grow her passion for human rights, foreign policy and law. While she was already interested in law school, her internship opportunities inspired her interest in international law. 

It was Anusha’s interest in law and politics that led her to pursue a minor in civic and economic thought and leadership. Recommended by a friend, she was excited that the curriculum offered a philosophy component, political ideologies and courses of foreign policies. A bonus for her was the Race and the American Story course.  

“I really like how SCETL is trying to diversify the perspectives. Right now I’m taking CEL 100 – that’s really helped me because it talks about… what it is to be a good person or what it is to be a good citizen,” said Anusha. “That’s going to come a long way whether you’re going to be a politician, an engineer, a doctor… they’re essential skills that we need in order to be a good human and in order to give back to society. That’s what SCETL really teaches us to do.”