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Student Spotlight: Maura Driscoll '15

Hometown: Manchester by-the-Sea, Mass.  
Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish

Read Maura's blog

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 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:
My term abroad in York, England, where I took a political science course on British politics with Professor Zoe Oxley, who led the term. While abroad, I was also fortunate enough to take film courses - History of Film and Television, and Screening the Modern Immigrant. The course possibilities in York were similar to those on campus, as the liberal arts foundation at York St. John University encouraged me to delve into a field of study that interested me, just like Union.

Favorite study spot:
The study tables on the second floor of the library facing the Nott. I like to sit right next to the window so that I get a great view when taking a break from my studies. 

Collegiate Alumni Relations Chair of Delta Delta Delta, Fraternity and Sorority Conduct Board, student blogger for the College, Student Conduct Committee

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. Our community's pride was put on full display when our men's hockey team took home the national championship; I never dreamed that I would be part of such an electric experience on a college campus.  

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. Additionally, we aim to strengthen Greek relationships with other organizations on campus, as well as with the administration. 

Looking into the future:
This summer I will be interning with my District Attorney's Office, working specifically with the Essex County Child Abuse Project. All accusations of physical or sexual child abuse comes through our office, and I will be working directly with the children affected and with my team of an assistant district attorney, forensic psychologist, police officer and doctor to determine the best course of action keeping in mind the child's best interests. Post-graduation, I hope to attend law school to continue cultivating my passion for advocacy work. 

Advice for incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to get involved and try new things. You never know what you might end up loving. My experience with Greek Life at Union is a perfect example; after thinking I did not want to rush a sorority, it ended up being one of the most rewarding choices I have made.