Politics (Not) as Usual
She’s twoyears in and already Sara Poirier is making a case for the time she’s spent atSaint Joseph’s. As a political science major, a journalism and philosophyminor, and president of the Political Science Club, she’s made more than a faireffort to get the most experience she can and to put political science on theminds of students. But how?
Astonishingly,“We don’t talk politics,” she says. In the Political Science Club, “We’ll bringup politics, but we’re mostly focused on putting on events and marketing it asan asset of the College. I want it to be about political science, policy, andgovernment—not party politics.”
There’s moreto that statement than just the welcoming attitude. Since she’s taken the helmof the Political Science Club, Poirier’s done her due diligence to increasecampus recognition of the major and the club’s activities. “Having a neutralclub is great,” she says. “When we have forums and debates, that’s a good placefor discussing politics.” And that’s a promise she’s already made good on.
Poirier hostedwhat is thought to be the College’s first-ever student debate this spring, inthe Viola George Auditorium. Two teams of students from the College discussedthe pros and cons of various items, like whether or not social media has apositive or negative impact in our lives.
The seed forall this work, while it continues to grow at the College, is rooted inPoirier’s past. From Winslow, Maine, she remembers “the five o’clock news wasalways on around dinner time, and I have very vocal family members.” But itwasn’t until late in high school when she aimed her studies toward politicalscience. “I had a very enthusiastic teacher for U.S. history and Americangovernment. He really inspired me.” She originally thought she’d go to collegefor pharmacy, but after her experience in high school her journey intopolitical science took off. She’s since held internships in the communicationsoffice of Maine Governor Paul LePage and the office of Senator Susan Collins.Currently, she volunteers for Senator Collins’ re-election campaign.
There’s nodoubt 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 thatmakes it really easy.
“If you follow what you’re passionate about, therest will take care of itself. As long as I’m doing what I love, and am happydoing it, I’ll let life lead the way.”