Kabir Thatte

Kabir Thatte is following the drumbeat of politics

UMass Amherst connections landed Kabir an internship at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Now, this avid drummer wants to smash his way into public policy.

 

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UMass Video Profile Series Transcript :Kabir Thatte

Back in 2012 when I was trying to decide between majors, I was caught in between this huge web of do I go into sciences, do I go into liberal arts? And as I went through college, I loved political science, everything I was doing it in. During the spring of my sophomore year through my connections from UMass, I got an internship at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. One of the coolest parts of my internship down at the U.S. Department of the Treasury was actually attending a reception at the White House held for President Hollande of France. I got to hear President Obama speak. I got to hear President Hollande speak. And I got to shake both their hands. It was amazing, inspirational, and gave me a huge drive to continue my goal to work in public service. Music has been a huge part of my life and continues to be. I started playing drums when I was about three or four years old when my mom and dad first noticed I was playing on pots and pans with wooden spoons. And that kind of erupted into my whole music education. And that took me into college wanting to either pursue a jazz minor, or at least play in some of the groups. And I got to play with some of the greatest musicians that I've had the pleasure of playing alongside. UMass itself, I think, has its own pride because we know what we're capable of. I've met some of the most driven, hardworking, honorable people that I've met at this school who I know are going to be huge change agents for the country. They're going to be huge parts of the world. My name is Kabir Thatte, Class of 2016. I stand for positive and sustainable change. And I stand for UMass.

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