Student Profile

Shane Coughlin

What brought you to Saint Michael's College, and how did you make your decision?

So, I was looking for a small liberal arts school, and I knew that I wanted to major in political science and go to law school afterwards. Besides St. Mike’s, I looked at Merrimack College, and similar schools. I liked this area in that it wasn’t too far from home, and I can go home if I want. I liked the professors that I saw, and it seemed like a very nice community. I saw that there was a strong student government program, which was something I knew I would want to be a part of. I was involved with student government in high school as the student representative to the school board, and for me that was a great experience in which I was able to accomplish a lot. Through leading an initiative to replace our high school track, I learned that I can make a difference in government, and that that’s what I want to do in the future.

What’s one incredible memory or experience that you’ve had here so far?

For me, my campaigning experience was a lot of fun. I was able to walk around Alliot for days and days, talking with and meeting new people. I would gather signatures and give out handouts about myself, as well as pencils with my name engraved on them. I was able to meet and become friends with so many people through that, so that has been a memorable experience.

Where does your passion for government come from?

That’s a good question. Back in eighth grade, I used to think I wanted to be a teacher. But then in 2012, with the election going on, I found it really interesting. I just read a lot about politics in general, and learned as much as I could. Then in high school, I found that I did really well in my social studies classes, my classes about government and history, and that that was what I excelled in. So I knew that going into college, I wanted to be a political science major. My school board experience in high school, which I talked a little bit about earlier, also really increased my appreciation for government.

Have you had a favorite class so far?

I like all my classes! But I do like Theories of Conflict Resolution with Professor Reuwer a lot. It’s really interesting, and it’s changed how I think about history a little bit. I think it’s cool to be able to look back and think: “If these people did this differently, maybe our world would be a better place today.” I have an appreciation for history, especially American history, so I think looking back at some of the different trends in our history of how we’ve been violent, with the knowledge I’ve learned from that class, I’m able to look back and appreciate it even more.

Have you had a favorite professor?

So far, I think I have a good relationship with Professor Nathaniel Lewis of the English department. He teaches literature revolved around the environment. He and I really connect, and he appreciated my campaign and the energy that I brought with it. In class, we’d share some of my pencils and whatnot. We just connect on so many levels, and talk about random things. We both like classical music, and we share our favorite songs on occasion. I think it’s a really cool relationship.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’ve actually started gathering people in Alliot to play board games like Risk. We divide up the world, and the person who can take over the entire world first wins. We start at like five or six, play for a couple hours, and have dinner. I like playing in Alliot because you can go get food and drinks. I also really liked how people would look on at us, and I could just be like if you want to play, give me your phone number, and come join us next time! It has been a really fun way to meet new people.

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