Major: Political Science
Hometown: Allegan, Mich.
Activities or clubs you're involved in at SJC?
Varsity tennis, Habitat for Humanity, Investment Club, Student Association, Alpha Lambda Delta, Campus Ministry, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and SAAC.
How did you hear about SJC?
I actually learned about SJC by accident. I was looking for competitive tennis tournaments throughout the midwest and my dad found a USTA tennis tournament here at SJC. Little did I know that he actually strategically chose SJC’s tournament with the hopes that I would take SJC into consideration for school. So, it was kind of my dad’s doing.
Why did you choose SJC? If there were other colleges you considered, what does SJC have that they did not have?
There are a few reasons that I chose SJC over other institutions. First, I had the opportunity to play NCAA Division II tennis in the very competitive GLVC conference. Second, I thought the tight-knit community and small campus would allow me to succeed academically, especially because I knew I would be able to benefit from the small class sizes. Third, I thought the Core Program sounded like a fascinating substitute to the traditional general education found at other institutions. Fourth, I met Dr. Peter Watkins of the Political Science Department who convinced me that SJC was the place for me. Lastly, SJC had a 100% acceptance rate into law school for its undergraduate students.
What are your career plans?
I plan to be a lawyer who focuses in business/corporate law and either works for a law firm or works in-house counsel for a corporation. However, I know at some point I will become involved in politics because I have always been passionate about politics.
How do you feel about the Core Program?
I think the Core Program is an amazing concept and a wonderful way to receive an education that doesn’t only focus on bettering one as a student, but also teaches one how to become a better human. I think the interdisciplinary aspect of Core, allowing students from a broad range of majors to all gather into one space and share their different perspectives on important issues, is a great way to learn. For instance, I know from my major the different arguments a Political Science student could make about health care legislation, but to hear the perspective of a future doctor, future educator, or future business owner really enriches and broadens the learning experience.
Do you feel that the Core Program has helped you in your other classes within your major?
I feel I was fortunate by being a Political Science major because the Core Program and Political Science seem to complement each other. Core helped me express myself by making me take a position on a certain issue and then requiring me to defend my position. That very process is found throughout Political Science. Also, Core enhanced my research skills, which of course helped with my work in Political Science.
How do you think the Core Program will help you after graduation?
I think the Core Program has provided me with certain tools, such as strong communication and writing skills, that will help me stand out among my peers and future colleagues. The principles of Christian Humanism, found in the Core Program, will help me form a moral compass that will guide me throughout my life, in all my endeavors. Also, Core has helped me create a strong foundation of ethics and values that I can build a life of success upon.
How has SJC prepared you for law school?
SJC’s small community has allowed me to become close to faculty members, namely Dr. Bill White and Dr. Peter Watkins, who have helped me in numerous ways throughout the law school application and decision process. Also, SJC’s Core and Political Science program have strengthened my abilities as a student and have prepared me for the rigors of law school work. Specifically, courses such as Constitutional Law with Dr. White and several courses within the Department of Political Science have introduced me to many different topics in the law and have challenged me to become a better student.
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