Amber Kaufman is a senior at UCA and primary senator-at-large in the Student Government Association (SGA). She graduated in 2006 from Wonderview High School in Hattieville, about 10 miles north of Morrillton in Conway County. She was co-valedictorian of her graduating class of 35 people. She is in the Honors College and working on a thesis that involves developing plans to teach environmental lessons that comply with the state’s education requirements for first-graders. She and her partner on the project, fellow honor student Kane Moix, have taught the lessons in a local elementary school.

What is your major?

“Public Administration. I want to work with international charities and non-profit organizations.”

What do you want to do after you graduate?

“I am currently going through the Peace Corps application process. So far I have been nominated for a primary education position in Asia. If all goes according to plan, I should be leaving the United States sometime in mid-August for my 27-month service. At some point in my life I know that I want to work with orphans; I believe that they are the most ostracized members of society.”

What role do you play in SGA; committees, positions?

“I am currently the primary senator-at-large. I am on the SAFA committee, Student Life committee, Student Fee Advisory committee, Library committee, and the Election committee.”

Who or what inspired you to run for a position in SGA?

“I interned for (U.S.) Rep. Vic Snyder in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2008. It was that summer that I realized how every life in the world is influenced by politics whether they care or are apathetic. I worked and became friends with David Saterfield, who was also a UCA student and an intern. He was active in SGA and encouraged me to run the next semester. So I did!”

What do you think are the biggest issues affecting students at UCA?

“Honestly, everyone has a different issue that affects them the most on campus. I believe that often these issues stem from, or a solution is hindered by, an unintentional lack of transparency or communication. In order to begin to tackle these issues, we have to first take action and engage ourselves in the conversation.”

Who is the person that inspires you the most and why?

“The most incredible person that I know is Dr. Norbert Schedler. I also greatly admire the work of Elie Wiesel. The lives of both of these men inspire me to have a greater love for humanity.”

Now for some fun and completely random questions. Coffee or Tea?

“Both. It depends on my mood and how much sleep I have had. I love to drink sweet tea. On days when I need some serious caffeine, I go with coffee.”

What is your favorite breakfast food?

“Waffles. When I was growing up, my mom would ask me what I wanted for supper and I would always pick waffles. Breakfast food always tastes better at night!”

Movies:  Comedy or Drama?

“Drama. I really love old black-and-white movies.”

What is the last book you read?

“The last book I read for fun was “Sense and Sensibility.” My younger sister and I are both Jane Austen fans.”

If you could be an animal, fictional is accepted?

“I don’t think that I have ever wanted to be something other than human, which I know is boring.”

Amber also spoke with Corey Womack about her Peace Corps plans.  That interview can be viewed here:

Amber Kaufman

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