Aaron Rosengarten has lofty career ambitions. The Wilson High School graduate and local government activist hopes to become a constitutional lawyer, then move on to Congress or Senate, or even serve in some capacity inside of the White House. No goal is too large, he believes, because he's discovered a true passion for politics over the course of the past several years.
"I took an American Government class in 2012 during the presidential election period, and that's really what kicked it off. I loved getting into the political aspects of what the parties stood for and how the founding of our government took place," says Rosengarten. "I discovered third parties at that time. I got introduced to libertarianism and I just started researching and reading. I joined groups that focused on it."
Rosengarten is currently serving as the president of both NCC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the political science club. He is also active in community politics, serving on the judicial committee of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania and as a county chair for the Northampton County Libertarian Party. He hopes to make his first run for public office in 2016, but in the meantime is enjoying the opportunity to build his knowledge in the classroom.
"Whenever we talk about specific topics in Constitutional Law, it's interesting to see how courts have decided on issues, how issues have made their way into our society today, and how they've shaped history," says Rosengarten. "If I want to be a politician, it's good information to rely on because you learn the structure of government and how it works, and how people achieve success in office. I'm an avid learner and I want to know how this country was shaped. It just fascinates me."
Interestingly, Rosengarten didn't always love politics and wasn't always the first person to volunteer to be involved in clubs or organizations. Northampton has provided him with an atmosphere where, after his first semester of getting his feet wet, he's had no trouble fitting in. He's been able to better his confidence in himself and sharpen his leadership skills, and plans to carry these traits over when he transfers to a four-year college next year, preferably near Washington, D.C. Before he graduates from NCC, however, he has a word of advice to college students who are unsure about what they want to do with their futures.
"When you connect to other people, you learn so much more. People are the best teachers. We learn from each other and by teaching other people," says Rosengarten. "If you're unsure of what you want to study, don't be afraid to try everything and anything. That's how you find out what interests you most. Don't rush things."
Name: Aaron Rosengarten
Program Major: Political Science
Projected Graduation Date: 2015