Third in a Series Profiling Graduates of the Class of 2012
Samantha plans to continue her work both in the field and in graduate studies.
Q&A with Samantha
What will you miss most about being a student at Wellesley?
Wellesley is where I really grew as a person, and I want to thank the friends I made for helping me to become who I am today. I will miss having those friends nearby—being able to visit their dorm rooms whenever I want to share a joke, a meal, a movie. I hope that my future plans will include close connections with these friends, but I know it will never be the same as my time with them at Wellesley.
Where's your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place is definitely the pub, Punch's Alley. I've worked there for two years, and I've made some great friendships with people I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. I have also expanded my knowledge of beers and wines considerably, which I am proud of.
How have you changed since you first came to Wellesley?
What are your plans after graduation?
Next year, I will be performing inequality research in Cambridge for a government contractor. In five years, I hope to be working very hard on a Ph.D in political science, and working on a dissertation concentrating on African politics.
Is there a particular person or group who's made a difference during your time here?
My Professor, Donna Patterson, has gone above and beyond in her role as a major adviser. She has really become a life adviser—getting me through hard times at Wellesley, inspiring me to take my dream job, to pursue higher education, and to stop and appreciate my life here at Wellesley. She is truly the model for a Wellesley professor in her accessibility, her ability to tell me the truth, and to push me in the right direction with my life.
Any other reflections you'd like to share?
Many people had reservations that I would be attending a women's college, but honestly, after four years I would recommend the experience. Yes, I have had hard days where I've wanted to leave, and yes, it takes a special person to attend this college. But, that person is driven, motivated, and very, very smart. I want to be around those types of people, and I want to be one of them. I will never regret my time spent at Wellesley, and I am already counting down the days until I can return.