Joseph A. Manno
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Who I Am?

            My name is Joe Manno and I am a junior honors student at the University of Akron. I am pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. I am also the President of the College Republicans at the University of Akron. My duties in this organization include overseeing our over 8,000 dollar budget, organizing meetings and events, and helping political candidates with what ever they need. I am very interested in Politics, and that is one of the reasons I am obtaining a degree in Political Science. I spend most of my time outside of school working with this organization, and spending time with my girlfriend.

My Educational Objectives

            I hope to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and a Bachelors of Science in Economics in May of 2011. Moreover, if I can graduate by then, I will hold two degrees before I am 21 years old. I also hope to graduate with a grade point average of 3.7 or better. Furthermore, it is my goal to achieve an A in all of my Economics classes. Currently, I maintain a 3.608 grade point average and have received an A in all of my classes.

            I chose my two fields of study for several reasons. As I mentioned earlier, I am very interested in politics, and that is why I chose Political Science as one of my majors. I also chose Economics for much of the same reasons. Because of my interest in politics, Economics helps me learn more about the policies that politicians are initiating in the U.S. and determine if they will actually help our economy. One of the main goals that politicians try to achieve is economic growth and stability, and thus this field allows me to analyze their proposals to determine the best. Also, I chose Economics because I intend on going to Law School, and Economics Majors, on average, score higher on the LSAT than any other major. Moreover, Economics is also known as one of the best majors to have when attending Law School. One of the reasons this is true is because Economists tend to think like Lawyers, and this helps law students as they prepare for the bar.

My Career Objectives

            Currently I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and I hope to spend the rest of my working career at this government agency. After I receive my Bachelors, I hope to move up and begin working in the administrative offices of the VA. While working here, I want to participate in the program at the University of Akron where I would receive a Masters in Business Administration and a J.D. in Law in four years. After I receive those degrees, I would then hope to move up in the VA and work in the Office of General Counsel as an attorney for this government agency. I feel like I am at a distinct advantage right now, because I was hired in as a student at the VA, and now have my foot in the door at an organization that I could spend the rest of my life at. In fact, I am currently building my years towards retirement at the VA at the age of 19. However, if that does not work out for me, I will have experience to enter the business world of Law with my J.D. and M.A. But hopefully, it works out the way I want it to, and I stay with the VA