Student Profile:
Shelby Davis ‘19

Why Siena?

I chose Siena mainly because every time I would I would tell someone about the colleges I applied to, they would always comment on how great of a school Siena was or how they knew a successful this or successful that who were Siena alumni. When I finally visited and saw how great the statistics were for their academics, particularly in my major, I knew that this would be a place where I could thrive academically.

Why political science?

I chose political science because I am interested in social justice. I have always been extremely opinionated and argumentative, almost as if arguments were a game I enjoyed rather than something I tried to stay away from, and I was always told that I should be a lawyer. When I realized that I could argue in a proper setting, as well as make a difference in the areas that I was passionate about, such as sexism, racism, and classism, I knew that politics might be right for me.

What made you get started in your research so early in your academic career?

(As a sophomore, Shelby has already completed a summer of research, has been published in an academic journal and has presented her research) When I first committed to Siena I had no intentions of pursuing research. However, on my prom day to be exact, I received a call offering me a position as a research assistant. I decided to take a leap into an area I had never pursued to see where it would take me, and it has paid off!

What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena?

I would say just interacting with the professors in the Political Science department in general. I never knew that, entering Siena, I would have so many people on my side and cheering me on throughout my academic career. I have gotten to know almost every professor in the Department at some point, a few on a very personal and professional level. They all have motivated me and pushed me to be the best I could be. When I am struggling at points, they do not judge and they help me overcome whatever challenge I am facing. When I am succeeding, they provide me with even more opportunities to push myself and get the most out of my career here at Siena.

Shelby Davis ‘19

Shelby Davis

Class of 2019

Political Science Major