a brief autobiography
Noah Scott Sveiven
I was born on 20 April 2001. I am a student, speechwriter, orator, and essayist.
I've served as an elected representative of my fellow students and an appointed representative of the youth of my community, and I've won numerous oratorical contests. In the summer of 2017, I studied at Georgetown University, and in the summer of 2018, I studied at Yale University. In the summer of 2019, I will study Norwegian and the history of Norway at the University of Oslo thanks to a scholarship for which I am thankful and fortunate.
Presently, I am a senior at S.O.A.R. High School in Lancaster, California - where I am concurrently enrolled in Antelope Valley College. During my junior year, I served as Student Body President. Now I am the student member of the Board of Trustees of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. My term began in July 2018 and will end on 30 June 2019.
While at Georgetown University, I studied ethics under the guidance of a graduate student of Georgetown's Philosophy Department. The class explored moral questions within the context of the 2016 Presidential Election. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Georgetown and gained an appreciation for Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, and many contemporary moral philosophers. Furthermore, I met extraordinary friends of a lifetime and toured the White House, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and the Capitol Building!
During my time in Washington D.C., I encountered Josh Earnest, the former White House Press Secretary for the Obama Administration, Stephen Breyer, an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and Stephen Hadley, the former National Security Advisor for the Bush Administration and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace. I met each individual spontaneously and had a meaningful conversation with each of them. Furthermore, I had scheduled meetings with Michael Briggs, the Communications Director for Senator Sanders, and Steve Knight, the then-member of Congress for California's Twenty-fifth Congressional District. Because of Mr. Briggs, I gained a deeper appreciation of the importance of striving despite disappointment, speaking with clarity, and doing one's best for the people. Because of Mr. Knight, I gained a stronger admiration for the labors of public office. I enjoyed my meetings with both of them.
My interest in politics began in the fifth grade. On one particularly impactful weekend, my father and I were going to see a movie. Dispassionate about the film we intended to see, we changed our minds at the last moment and instead saw my spontaneous choice: The Iron Lady, a drama starring Meryl Streep that told the story of Margaret Thatcher. The film ignited my passion for democratic republicanism and inculcated in me the desire to achieve a definitive purpose just like the prime minister did. I began to watch interviews and speeches of the Iron Lady and, with time, other important political leaders. As an adult, I hope to serve the people in the mold of those about whom I have learned. Whether this hope will come to pass in the chambers of the judiciary, the trails of a gubernatorial campaign, or the corridors of Congress, or some other meaningful location, I do not know. However, I have set my bearings and am accelerating with hope.
I enjoy writing letters to friends, listening to music, eating delicious vegetarian - and sometimes vegan - meals, and taking naps in the afternoon. My academic focuses include the history and jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court; the intricacies of mathematics (which offer a respite from the raucous incantations of politics); the primate species bonobos; and political philosophy and ethics.
For as long as I live, I will continue to learn what I can, improve the tenor of my daily deeds, and use the power of words to ameliorate the ills of our beloved world. Joy is my life's purpose: to pursue it, to foster it, to share it, and to celebrate it.