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Student Spotlight: Maura Driscoll '15


Maura Driscoll '15
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Hometown: Manchester by-the-Sea, Mass.  
Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish

Why Union: 
A friend from home who was at Union pressured me to apply, and I got in. My parents dragged me to Schenectady in the final hour before the deposit deadline, when the very last thing I wanted to do was go on yet another college visit. I’d barely set foot on campus, in the pouring rain, when I knew. Looking up at the Nott Memorial, I felt completely at home – I finally got that feeling everyone talks about when picking a campus. Thank God for that pushy friend and my parents!  

Most inspiring classes:
Forensic Psychology with the late Professor Richard Hamill, a remarkable and captivating educator, and Domestic Violence, a sociology course with Professor Linda Relyea. This course has opened my eyes to so many more aspects of intimate abuse as well as the common misconceptions and stereotypes perpetuated by the media and society. 

Also excited about:
Studying abroad in York, England, where I’m taking a political science course on British politics with Professor Zoe Oxley, who is leading the term

Favorite study spot:
The student lounges in Fox Hall

Activities:
Delta Delta Delta, Fraternity and Sorority Conduct Board, student blogger for the College

Other passions:
The arts, particularly theater. I was president of my high school’s theater program and adore taking theater classes here. I also love to attend the campus musicals, plays and a cappella concerts. One of my favorite events is the annual Thruway a cappella concert at Proctors theater. It’s a great event and all the proceeds go to a good cause, the Land Trust of Schenectady.

Most surprising thing about Union:
The amazing sense of school spirit and pride. No matter what the activity, sporting event or performance, there’s always an outpouring of support for the participants and immense love for the kind of campus community we have created.

How I’m making Union a better place:
My work with the Conduct Board is helping to make Greek Life more productive as we strive to create a more positive atmosphere and improve the system.

Looking into the future:
I would like to work in the communications field, combining my psychology degree with public relations and social media.

Advice for incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to get involved and try new things.