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Kiley Leduc, 2014, Plymouth, MA
Global Studies major/Public & Comm. Service minor

leduc-profile.jpgWhy did you choose Providence College?

I chose Providence College for a few reasons, the main one being the Global Studies department. In all my college tours and applications I had not seen any schools offer a major similar to the one PC offers. After attending a "Friar Friday" Open House and hearing about what the Global Studies department did, PC really struck a cord as the major offered everything I was looking for: a combination of politics, social awareness, volunteering, language and involvement. Also, it is very easy to become involved on campus in things you are passionate about. That opportunity for involvement was something I was looking for in my college.

 

What has been your favorite academic experience so far?

I would have to say my favorite academic experience so far is the service-learning component of my classes. In several classes, there is a service-learning component where as a student you have to volunteer at a site for the course of your semester. This, paired with the round table discussions really helped me grow and discover what I was really passionate about. It ended up leading to me deciding to participate in a class, Global and Community Lens, which led to an international volunteer experience. The class went to Ecuador for a spring break trip and we volunteered there.

How have you used your Global Studies major outside of the classroom?

During my sophomore year I participated in Scholarships for Service with is part of AmeriCorps. I already had a job on campus working as community liaison - a person who leads students who are volunteering through classes - for the San Miguel School here in Providence. Scholarships for Service is a program that gives you a financial scholarship if you complete 300 hours of volunteer work during the course of the school year. It was challenging but pushed me to grow as a leader.

Why do you think that PC is a good fit for students interested in global and community issues?

PC is a good fit for students interested in global and community issues for many reasons. Providence is a very diverse city and PC offers the opportunity to volunteer and work in the community safely. Also, as a Global Studies major, you have to go abroad for a semester. This is a great opportunity to embrace and take advantage of. The various clubs and organizations on campus also help to build your “global citizen” identity. And lastly, the Feinstein Institute offers great volunteer experiences in a huge selection of sites, international and national spring break opportunities and now, Campus Compact and AmeriCorp.

How has the liberal arts education you’ve received at Providence benefitted you?

I do have to say, as difficult as Development of Western Civilization (DWC) can seem, it does provide a fairly well rounded background on philosophy, religion, history, literature and how it has shaped the world we know today. I have found that DWC has led me to have a deeper understanding in some of classes and provides a good background for me to build on. The variety of classes PC offers as a liberal arts school really helps a student to find what they are looking for in their education.

If you had to sum up Providence College in one sentence, what would it be?

PC is a great school and opportunity for those who are willing to go outside their comfort zone to take advantage of both national and international opportunities to grow not only as students but as a global citizens.

Tell us about your experiences serving the community and abroad.

I have volunteered at several sites including Assa Messer Elementary School teaching ESL to kindergartners, I worked as the Community Liaison at the San Miguel School after school tutoring program and English for Action as a conversation partner to adults learning English.

One of the biggest student engagement opportunities I’ve had is the ability to go abroad for the entirety of my junior year. My fall semester was spent in Morocco and my spring semester will be in India. Going abroad was by far one of the best decisions I made, it pushed me to grow and understand things first hand in cultures very different than the one I’ve grown up in. It also taught me to appreciate these cultures in a way a person can’t by simply reading a book about it. You can read all about the experiences, because far too much happened to be able to fit into this paragraph, from my link on the Global Studies website!

What is your favorite spot in the city of Providence?

I would have to say Thayer Street! There’s a variety of restaurants, shopping, bars, hookah lounges and the Avon Theater. Try East Side Pockets; it will be one of the best things you can do on Thayer. Also, there’s a shuttle that PC offers to bring you down on the weekends for underclassmen who can’t have their cars on campus.

How have you used your Global Studies major outside of the classroom?

During my sophomore year I participated in Scholarships for Service with is part of AmeriCorp. I already had a job on campus working as community liaison, a person who leads students who are volunteering through classes, as the San Miguel School. Scholarships for Service is a program that gives you a financial scholarship if you complete 300 hours of volunteer work during the course of the school year. It was challenging but pushed me to grow as a leader.

 

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