Phil Ensler

Phil-EnslerAlumni Class of 2008

Describe the path your life has taken after you graduated from SOF.
After graduating from SOF, I attended George Washington University in our nation’s capital, where I studied political science. While in DC, I spent a year serving at the White House. I am currently serving as a Teach for America corps member in Montgomery, Alabama, where I am teaching ninth-grade world history.

What do you remember most about your experiences at SOF?
The most memorable part of my experience at SOF was having teachers who taught me the power of ordinary citizens to create social change. My time at SOF was formative in shaping my world view that we should celebrate people’s differences and actively pursue a more just and equal society.

How did SOF help to prepare you for your next steps after graduation?
SOF helped prepare me for the next steps after graduation by guiding my development of strong writing and critical thinking skills. Additionally, the internship requirement allowed me to gain invaluable experience in a field of particular interest to me. My internship experience positioned me to exceed in college and pursue further professional opportunities while in school.

What is your advice to current SOF students?
My advice to current SOF students is to not take their education for granted. Through the exhibition and internship requirements, SOF provides a unique opportunity for students to research and engage in subject areas that are of particular interest to them. Students should take full advantage of these opportunities to begin shaping their futures!