CU Boulder Student Has Big Plans After Being Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

CU Boulder Student Has Big Plans After Being Awarded Rhodes Scholarship


ONE MONTH AGO THERE WAS A SHOOT OUT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE. A POLICE OFFICER WAS SHOT IN THE LEG. THE PRESTIGIOUS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP IF STUDENTS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD IN ENGLAND. 32 STUDENTS IN AMERICA GET THAT AWARD. THREE OF THEM ARE FROM COLORADO THIS YEAR. AT CU BOULDER. Reporter: IT HAS BEEN 35 YEARS SINCE A CU STUDENT HAS BEEN AWARDED THE RHODES SCHOLARSHIP. WHEN SERENE LEARNED SHE WAS AMONG THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS, SHE HAD NO IDEA SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE STUDENT HERE TO BECOME A RHODES SCHOLAR. I’M FEELING THANKFUL BUT SO EXCITED. Reporter: MUCH LIKE HER SMILE, SHE HAS VIBRANT ENERGY. WITH A SCHEDULE LIKE HERS, THAT IS A GOOD THING. I HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATING MEANING, A SUPREME COURT MEETING ON CAMPUS. Reporter: THE LIST GOES ON AND THAT IS JUST TODAY. SHE IS ALSO BUSY STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE AND JOURNALISM AND SHE IS THE FOUNDER OF A NONPROFIT AIMED AT EMPOWERING AT RISK WOMEN. I AM JUST A NORMAL COLLEGE STUDENT. Reporter: NO YOU’RE NOT. MOTIVATED BY ISSUES SHE CARES ABOUT, THIS AMBITIOUS STUDENT FROM COLORADO SPRINGS IS FOCUSED ON SERVING HER COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO FEEL LEFT BEHIND. THEY NEED SOMEONE TO SAY WAIT A SECOND, LET’S CHALLENGE THIS CREATIVELY. I TRY TO DO THAT AND EVERYTHING I’M WORKING ON. Reporter: HER COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IS ONE OF THE MANY REASONS SHE EARNED THE RHODES SCHOLARSHIP. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WILL CENTER ACROSS THE POND WHERE SHE PLANS TO PURSUE DOUBLE MASTERS DEGREES AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY. THE FIRST IS CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. THE OTHER ONE IS EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY INTERVENTION. Reporter: SHE ASPIRES TO SERVE ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. THIS WOMAN HOPES TO BE AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS. THEY CAN SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND SAY WOW, I CAN ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS. Reporter: SHE IS ANXIOUS TO HEAD TO ENGLAND NEXT FALL. BEFORE THEN, SHE WILL CONTINUE

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