Kristin Tokarev

Kristin is a graduate student at Northwood University, a private, free-enterprise school. She studied economics in her undergrad and is currently working on her master’s degree in science with a concentration in business analytics. She lives in Michigan with her family, although she is a seasoned traveler. She grew up across several states and even spent most Summers in Bulgaria (where her family is originally from). A particular interest of hers is public policy, specifically, the unintended consequences of legislation. She feels fortunate enough to have the ability to pursue internships with various think-tanks, allowing her to analyze and discern the costs that regulations impose on the people.

Since starting her academic career at Northwood at the age of 13, Kristin has enjoyed studying the importance of limited government and has learned to appreciate the values laid out in the Constitution by our founding fathers. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, the outdoors, and traveling around the world with her dog.

Regarding her future, Kristin hopes to pursue a career where she can reach a younger generation and help instill a passion for public policy and the importance of protecting our liberty through video production.

Watch her winning PSA below:

Our Interview With Kristin

Was this the first time you entered the contest?
Yes, for the PSA.

How did you hear about the contest?
One of my professors suggested I enter.

What inspired your work?
Multiple violations of the Constitution by the government over the past few years.

What did you learn while creating your entry?
That Liberty is a fragile thing and needs to be protected and fought for by each new generation.

How do you plan to spread the word this year to your peers about the importance of the U.S Constitution?
By producing short educational/entertaining videos on YouTube.

How do your friends respond to history or talking about the Constitution?
There is a wide variety of reactions among my peers. Some enjoy the discourse and exchange of ideas and opinions on the constitution while others don’t care for the history of our country.

What do you love about U.S History and the forming of our government?
That the founding fathers created a republic and not a democracy as many believe.

Which U.S. historical site would you like to visit?
The freedom trail in Boston, MA has been on my travel list for years!

Which American historical figure is most influential/inspirational to you?
James Madison remains one of the most influential American historical figures in my life.

Who is your greatest role model?
My parents are my greatest role models!

What in your life are you most passionate about?
Spending time with my family.

How do you spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time outdoors (hiking, swimming, etc.)

What are your plans for the future?
I hope to make an impact through my work in advancing liberty.

If you could do one super impactful thing to help people, what would it be?
If I could do one thing to help people, it would be to restrain the “help” by the government – to allow people the liberty necessary to carry out their lives the way they want.

Why is the Constitution relevant today?
It is not just a piece of paper. The values it lays out are essential to a free and prosperous nation today, just the same as the day it was written.

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