years in and already Sara Poirier is making a case for the time she’s spent at
Saint Joseph’s. As a political science major, a journalism and philosophy
minor, and president of the Political Science Club, she’s made more than a fair
effort to get the most experience she can and to put political science on the
minds of students. But how?
“We don’t talk politics,” she says. In the Political Science Club, “We’ll bring
up politics, but we’re mostly focused on putting on events and marketing it as
an asset of the College. I want it to be about political science, policy, and
government—not party politics.”
to that statement than just the welcoming attitude. Since she’s taken the helm
of the Political Science Club, Poirier’s done her due diligence to increase
campus recognition of the major and the club’s activities. “Having a neutral
club is great,” she says. “When we have forums and debates, that’s a good place
for discussing politics.” And that’s a promise she’s already made good on.
what is thought to be the College’s first-ever student debate this spring, in
the Viola George Auditorium. Two teams of students from the College discussed
the pros and cons of various items, like whether or not social media has a
positive or negative impact in our lives.
The seed for
all this work, while it continues to grow at the College, is rooted in
Poirier’s past. From Winslow, Maine, she remembers “the five o’clock news was
always on around dinner time, and I have very vocal family members.” But it
wasn’t until late in high school when she aimed her studies toward political
science. “I had a very enthusiastic teacher for U.S. history and American
government. He really inspired me.” She originally thought she’d go to college
for pharmacy, but after her experience in high school her journey into
political science took off. She’s since held internships in the communications
office of Maine Governor Paul LePage and the office of Senator Susan Collins.
Currently, she volunteers for Senator Collins’ re-election campaign.
doubt that Poirier keeps a full schedule, but she’s happy with that. “Sure,
it’s a balancing act,” she says, “but I enjoy everything I’m doing, so that
makes it really easy.
“If you follow what you’re passionate about, the
rest will take care of itself. As long as I’m doing what I love, and am happy
doing it, I’ll let life lead the way.”