Marc-Daniel Paul’s political awareness was born when President Barack Obama took office.

Paul, a published author who tutored other students during his high school years, enters Suffolk University with the goal of broadening his public service by someday entering the political arena.

And he is eager to reach a milestone in October, when he will turn 18 and thus be eligible to vote in the November election.

Close encounter in D.C.

Paul explored the nation’s capital and met Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown this past summer, when he traveled to Washington D.C. through an internship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

“Visiting Washington inspired and motivated me for what I want to do in the future,” says Paul, who will major in Political Science. “I know politics is a highly competitive field, but with hard work and determination, it’s not impossible.”

Networking in Boston

Suffolk’s downtown Boston location and close proximity to the State House dovetail nicely with his career plans.

“I figured it would be a great place to meet people politically, right in the heart of the city,” he says. “I’m excited about this whole new life I’m about to experience.”

Sharing knowledge

Born and raised in Haiti, Paul made a name for himself at Brockton High School. He was an honors student and tutored his peers in English, math, and science. He was president of the French Club, student adviser to the Haitian Club, and wrote for the student newspaper, the Boxer Round-Up.

Off campus, he tutored students at the Easton-based School on Wheels, Inc., program, which enhances educational opportunities for homeless children.

Paul also published a book of poems, Breathing Ink: The Heart of Poetry.

While studying Political Science in pursuit of his dream is Paul’s priority for the next four years, he is passionate about his volunteerism and said he hopes to continue his service to others, perhaps as part of the University’s active service-learning community.