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.
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.