Up To Us Team Gains National Recognition

March 04, 2015

Rose Allen

We chatted with Rose Allen '15 about her experience with the Up To Us campaign -- her team placed in the top 5!

The Up To Us Campaign is a nationwide campus competition that empowers students to educate their peers on long-term national debt. 

What are you studying at Simmons?

I'm majoring in economics and international relations and minoring in public policy.

What's your favorite thing about your program?

The Economics Department. All of the professors are amazingly supportive of student initiatives. They genuinely want their students to succeed. This is something I think Simmons is really good at: creating opportunities for students to become leaders and having professors that support them unconditionally. 

What's your Simmons moment?

I don't think my "Simmons moment" can be defined in one single memory. The reason I know Simmons College was the right choice for me is shown by the amount I grow each year I'm here. I look back at the person I was coming into college and the person I am now and can clearly see how I have grown as a leader, a student, and a community member.

How did you get involved with the Up to Us Campaign?

One of the economics professors told me about the initiative at the beginning of last semester. As Economics Liaison president, I brought the initiative to the group. The whole liaison was very excited to be a part of something national. We formed a team made up of five students that were interested in applying. We've had a great time organizing all of the events and the campaign. It has been a lot of work, but it has been worth it.

Why is it important that your peers are educated on the issue of national debt?

Fiscal policy affects everyone, especially millennials. It's becoming more and more common for important funding to come from the federal level so it's important that we be able to sustain these programs. Currently we are paying around $22 billion in interest payments on our current debt.

What's your favorite thing about Boston?

Going to school in Boston provides a network of resources, internships and opportunities that a lot of other schools can't provide. Also, it's a fun place to live. I'm originally from the Chicagoland area so I have a lot of friends who go to school in the middle of cornfields. It's very a different place to go to school!