Student Spotlight: Abbey Debaugh active in community
With big dreams ahead, 19-year-old student Abbey DeBaugh uses her love for politics in her communities both at home and school.
As a business major and a political science minor, DeBaugh is active within the Shippensburg community.
She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity, the vice president of College Democrats, and a member of Ship Votes.
In the past few weeks she has helped to organize several campus events including “Drugs, Sex, and Politics” in which professors spoke on select topics.
DeBaugh also helped to organize the event for guest speaker John Hanger.
Her political passion has taken her far, as she worked as an intern for the second summer in a row in Annapolis, Md., at the state house.
After her first internship there she realized that working in politics was exactly what she wanted to do.
During this past summer, DeBaugh had the opportunity of working with Maryland state Senator James DeGrange.
During her internship she was able to attend tax and budgeting meetings with the senator, shadowing him as the co-chair of the tax and budgeting committee.
DeBaugh performed ample amounts of constituent work. She also worked on planning his visits to elementary schools and creating handouts for the kids.
“The most rewarding part of my internship was getting to go to all of the committee meetings and see how everything works,” DeBaugh said.“I even got to hear inside information about upcoming legislation.” By immersing herself in the political environment Debaugh has learned a lot and expanded her opportunities.
She now sees an even greater importance in being actively involved in politics.
“Being involved in politics and the government and making differences in peoples lives through legislation is truly amazing,” DeBaugh said.
As she continues to stay active she works toward her life goals of working on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist one day.