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Claire Starling

Claire is a Graduate Public Service Intern at the Serve Illinois Commission while she pursues her Masters in Communication at the University of Illinois Springfield. Claire is a native Springfield resident and recently received her Bachelors from UIS in English.  

During her time at UIS, Claire was a part of the Capital Scholars Honors Program and worked as a peer tutor on campus with the Center for Academic Success and the CAP Program. Her favorite part about working with students on a peer to peer level was being able to help aid in the growth of their writing skills and form meaningful relationships with students. Claire also worked as a staff writer for The Journal, an editorially independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Claire loves to write and has been published in The Continuum, the Capital Scholars Honors Academic Journal, for her research concerning the environmental effects of micro plastics and coral bleaching, as well as ethicality of persistent white washing in the U.S film industry. Claire is excited to put her skills to use with the Serve Illinois Commission in order to help people from all over the state give back to their communities and recognize the value of civic service. In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends, participating in community theatre, gardening, singing, traveling, making art, playing video games, and spending time with her two cats, Finn and Clancy.

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