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Keishara Colby: Political Science Classes ‘Shattered My Box’

Keishara Colby
A political science and English double major, Keishara Colby ‘16 is considering adding a minor in economics to her plate, and plans to go on to law school after graduation. She arrived at Keene State equipped with knowledge of the basic structures and principles of the United States government, but taking classes here that compared the ideals to the way things actually work in Washington “shattered my box,” she says.

She loved the teaching approach in a class on Political Thought Foundations. “It was almost like the Socratic method of teaching,” she says. Through asking questions designed to test and push the limits of their ideas, the professor led the students through the same thought processes that philosophers had followed. “It was totally different from what I expected,” she says of the course. “It was a completely different way of teaching. It was awesome.”

Elizabeth Pockl: A Passion for the Global Picture

Elizabeth Poeckl
While many of her classmates are passionate about US politics, Elizabeth Pockl ‘14 is drawn to the global picture. A political science major with minors in both international studies and management, she got her first taste of world cultures during her senior year in high school, when she studied in the Czech Republic.

She’s had wonderful classes and wonderful professors at Keene State, Pockl says, citing an International Human Rights and International Law class as well as Nordic Politics, which culminated in a 10-day trip to Norway, Iceland, and Sweden.

She’s also putting her interests and skills to work in an internship with the International Institute of New England, where her work involves providing practical assistance for refugees and asylum seekers who are settling in Manchester and Nashua, two New Hampshire cities that draw many immigrants. “I get to work one on one with the families, and I get to connect and learn about the different cultures in a personal setting,” says Pockl, who hopes to do similar work after she graduates – though she admits her dream job would be to work for the United Nations or at a US embassy.