As a history major and a double minor in European studies and government during my time at St. Lawrence, I was given a number of opportunities to develop my interests through specialized course topics and independent research both on campus and abroad. In my first semester of senior year in 2010, I studied in London, England, during which I was not only able to travel all over the UK, but was sent to Northern Ireland on an independent study to interview residents of Belfast on their experiences after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA) through my advanced option British Politics course. I also interned at the Foundling Museum, where I received hands-on experience working with a professional conservationist. Upon returning to campus in the spring, I was able to turn my study on the GFA into an SYE for my European studies minor.
I am proud to say that for two years I was the President of SLU's Sexuality and Gender Activist organization (SaGA). One of the wonderful things about SLU's history department is the encouragement we received as students to pursue the areas that interested us the most. My interest in social activism inspired me to actually develop an independent study for my history SYE on the early homophile movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.
Upon graduating from SLU, I decided to take a few months to figure out what I actually wanted to do with my history degree. After catching up on my sleep from 4 years of pulling all-nighters, I got to take a cruise through the Mediterranean where I saw Italy, Croatia, and Greece. Not too long after I returned, I was hired at Boldt Castle, an historical site on Heart Island in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. Though I love history and will continue to utilize the analytical and research skills I gained as a student, I am now currently pursuing my passion for social activism and politics by applying for grad school to receive a masters of public policy and administration. I now work for a local representative in the NYS Assembly as a legislative aide. My long-term goal is to potentially work for a major non-profit organization such as the Human Rights Campaign.