What do you like about St. Mike's?
You have the ability to get involved right from get-go. Professors know your name the first week. That sense of belonging here is something I don't think you'll find anyplace else. Also, the natural beauty we have here in Northern Vermont, being close to such a vibrant city like Burlington, having the mountains and outdoor opportunities we have here - these are things you wouldn't have going to school in a big city. This location creates something special.
What's your favorite class?
American Constitutional Law with John Hughes. As a political science major, I appreciate the rigor of the class in really making you think about the Constitutionality of laws. He makes us analyze deeply and go beneath the surface. It's an investment of time and effort to read law cases that are 20 or 30 pages long, so it's a very challenging course, but the amount of thought that goes into it is something that really appeals to me.
Do you have a favorite professor?
Bill Grover, who is also my advisor. I took American National Politics with him and enjoyed having long discussions about elections and democracy. As secretary of student policy for the Student Association, I was involved with student-voter registration and we worked closely because he's passionate about getting out the youth vote.
What's something you've learned at St. Mike's that's been inspiring?
St. Mike's is a place to think about your belief system and not just accept what's handed to you. I've done that in my introductory religion course with Fr. Joseph McLaughlin, SSE, and by going to Mass on campus. The Edmundites on campus are invaluable.
Have you studied abroad?
I am planning to go to Rome next fall. I love the city and its history influencing Western government up into modern times. As a Political Science major I look forward to taking history of European thought courses while seeing where it all started.
What do you think you want to do with your life?
I'd like to go to law school and work in policy and government. I've worked in the Massachusetts Statehouse with my state senator already.
What makes you happy?
Serving the greater good. That's why I want to get into policy-making, to help those who don't have the opportunities that I have.