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Student Profile:
Ryan Kelleher ‘18

Why did you choose Siena College?

The reason I chose Siena was because of the wonderful community here. As a prospective student, I could really see myself being involved with the different clubs and activities on campus. The best part is that one of the professors I met while on my campus tour became my adviser for political science. Being able to make these kinds of connections as a prospective student was really an incredible experience, and made me realize that Siena was the place I wanted to call home for the next four years.

Why did you choose to double major?

I decided to double major in political science and French because I am interested in international law. The political science major allows me to really understand the field of political science, both in the real world, and the theories behind it. The French major allows me to expand my use and command of a language that is very much intertwined with international law. French is the second most spoken language in the world, and is on track to become the worlds most spoken language by 2050. It is also the working language of many different international organizations, the biggest and most prominent one being the United Nations. By having these two disciplines as my major, it will allow me to market myself much better when I start applying to law schools to get a law degree in international law.

What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena?

The most meaningful experience that I have had at Siena thus far was when I was able to represent the Political Science department at the Student Conference on US Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During this conference, I was able to hear from speakers such as Madeline Albright, the first female secretary of state. The conference was broken up into different round tables, and I was on the climate change table. It was an awesome experience to get to work with both the cadets from West Point and other students from around the country to try and come up with solutions on climate change. It was an honor to represent Siena and the Political Science department in this way.

What are your plans for the future?

My plan for the future is going to law school somewhere in the Boston/New York City area. I would like to go to law school to receive my J.D in international law.

Ryan Kelleher ‘18

Ryan Kelleher

Class of 2018

Political Science and French Major

Clifton Park, N.Y.