For government and politics major Paul Joyce ’17, his most valuable learning experiences happened far from any classroom. Last spring, he presented his research at a national conference in Manchester, NH, and saw political history unfold firsthand at last summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. His next stop? Graduate school at the University at Albany.
Why UC: I loved how the campus is small. I came from a small high school, and I liked the idea of having one-on-one interaction with professors. I also play baseball here, and I liked the team and coaching staff immediately. My mom went to UC and had a great experience. It just really felt like UC was the right choice.
Early Inspiration: I was only a kid when 9/11 happened, but witnessing the atrocities left a huge impression on me. Since then, I’ve always been looking for a way to make a difference and help keep people safe. I’d considered law school, but I’m more fascinated by politics and government and that whole side of things. My dream is to work in D.C. with the Federal Department of Homeland Security.
“Unconventional” Experiences: Professor Luke Perry has been a mentor to me. I’m doing an independent study with him now, and I presented my research on Twitter's impact on the election the American Election Symposium in Manchester, NH. This past summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Democratic National Convention with Prof. Perry. It was an amazing experience. I was on the floor there, and we were able to sit down and talk with many of the delegates. There was a lot of tension and controversy after Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation and with the Sanders supporters. It was interesting to feel the dynamic and see it firsthand.
Next Step: I’ve always wanted to go to graduate school, and University at Albany’s Rockefeller College is one of the best public administration grad programs in the country. I was thrilled when I was accepted. I know the incredible experiences I’ve had at UC have prepared me for whatever comes next.
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