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.
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.
(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!
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.
Class of 2019
Political Science Major