Returning from a year abroad in Ireland, Adam graduated summa cum laude from University College Dublin with a Masters in English. An Alabama native, Adam previously graduated from Samford University, where he rowed on the crew team and edited the student newspaper’s opinion section. After Impact, Adam hopes to pursue a PhD in English.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

My most meaningful experience in college was interning with the National Literacy Trust in London, an amazing nonprofit that works to raise the UK’s literacy rates to 100%. I worked with a team that encouraged childhood literacy, and learning more about the critical effects of literacy in a child’s life made me even more committed to education and anti-poverty efforts.

Who is someone you admire and why?

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had a succession of excellent teachers, professors, and mentors in my life. One high school English teacher in particular (Mrs. Holland) talked about literature as an important and world-changing endeavor like no one I had ever heard before. She is a major reason that I majored in English and college and hope to continue studying literature at the graduate level.