Jonathan Mangrum has lived in Augusta, Georgia all his life, and he been interested in politics since he began college two years ago. He studies political science and economics at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where he left for a semester to study and intern in Washington, D.C. Following graduation, Jonathan plans to serve in the military or return to Washington to continue his education or find work.
What inspires you to get involved in the political process?
I want to make constructive contributions and changes like anyone else, and I think I offer the most to myself and the world by working in politics. Politics isn’t a game, but it involves a lot of strategy to solve complex problems. If I can meaningfully contribute to conversations on issues that impact everyday life, I think I’ve found where I need to be.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
I don’t know a thing about this person, but I would like to meet my first relative who moved to America. I can’t imagine the life he or she must have lived, but I would like to know more about it. If it has to be a famous historical figure, I would like to meet Button Gwinnett, a founding father of the United States, a Georgian signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of my ancestors.
How do you recharge?
I relax in a few different ways. A full night of sleep or a hot shower never hurt anyone, but I feel best when I accomplish something. That might mean finishing a book or project I’ve been working on for a while. If that doesn’t work, I step outside for some fresh air.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
I would like to live in a large city for a year, skydive, and take my mother to Italy.
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
Omnilingualism would allow me to communicate with any person on earth in their native language. It would open me up to innumerable jobs and allow me to travel and live around the world with ease.