Hailing from Alabaster, Alabama, Alex Watts graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2018 where he double-majored in economics and mathematics with a minor in Italian. While in school, Alex performed in a large variety of shows with College of Engineering Does Amateur Radical Theatre, served as Treasurer for the Collegiate Ballroom Competition Team, and was selected to be a Faculty Scholar in the Culverhouse College of Business. He wants to attend law school and either teach or work for public interest when he’s done with impact.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Definitely CollegeFirst. I learned a lot about educational disparities within the state of Alabama, and I found a beneficial way to help kids from communities around Tuscaloosa. It was a truly memorable and meaningful experience to watch students’ minds make connections that weren’t there before. Helping students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities was a monumental influence on my choice to serve with Impact America.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
I went to an underground music store in Florence, AL once. I was in the city for the Alabama Renaissance Fair. After a few hours of freezing in cheap costumes and waiting in line for mutton only to have them run out, my group decided to look around the city. We were wandering downtown when I noticed a large, bright yellow sign that had a big red arrow pointing to a staircase. The black text read “Underground Music Store.” Stupid hipsters was my first thought, until I realized that the stairs went down, rather than up; it was literally an underground music store. It also had one of the better selections of records I’ve stumbled upon, including a copy of the Smithsonian Blues and Jazz Collection Box Set for like $4! It was a pretty good day.

What is your biggest strength?
That would have to be my ability to adapt to unfamiliar or stressful situations. I’m not one to become despondent when faced with a difficult scenario. I’ve never seen much of a point in dwelling on what doesn’t work. I would much rather try something, see if that works, and try something else if it doesn’t.