As a political science major, I found myself always involved in a real life experiences that exemplified the practical applications of my studies in class. Through my participation in the Political Science Club and Student Global AIDS Coalition, I learned the importance of elections, advocacy, and the implications of policy for not only citizens of the United States, but individuals across the globe. One of my favorite classes was State Violence and Justice taught by Professor Mike Bosia. The class examined specific instances of human rights violations and stretched me to think about the task of policy makers and critical approaches for bringing justice and reconciliation to peoples affected by such atrocities. In addition to my political science classes, I was also able to take meaningful classes in other disciplines such as economics, religious studies, fine art, and the humanities.
Saint Michael's opened doors that I had never dreamed would be open to me, including studying in another country and culture. During my senior year, I was afforded the opportunity to study wildlife ecology and conservation in Northern Tanzania on the Eastern coast of Africa. This experience allowed me to experience another culture and challenged me to expand my view of my surrounding environment. Studying in Tanzania, I was also able to concentrate on conservation policy which was an excellent complement to my studies back in Vermont. Study abroad helped bring to life many of the policy and economics classes that I had studied in previous semesters.
Today, I work at U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy's office as an administrator in his Burlington office. I first became connected with the Senator's office through an internship while at Saint Michael's. I have now been working with the Senator for almost five years and owe my desire to be a public servant to my experiences during my undergraduate years. Working with the M.O.V.E. (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) office to volunteer with various groups in the community showed me the importance of carrying forward the voices of those in need to the individuals that represent us. Through Senator Leahy, another Saint Michael's alumni and now the most senior senator in the United States Senate, I have continued to interface with many diverse groups in the community and I continue to learn about numerous issues of importance to Vermonters. It is with great confidence I write that I am most indebted to Saint Michael's College and my studies in political science for leading me to a most fulfilling and passion driven career.