Monique Kreisman, ’15, is the quintessential well-rounded student. As a Meredith Legacy Scholar, she has taken advantage of the College’s academic and experiential opportunities – and set herself up for success along the way. Kreisman will begin law school in the fall with plans to ultimately become a prosecutor.
It’s a path that suits her. During her time at Meredith, Kreisman has taken on a number of academic challenges. A double major in political science and English and an Honors student, she tackled two Honors theses – one for each discipline – and explored her interest in the court system.
“I studied public opinion of the death penalty and its current standing regarding the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment,” she said of her political science thesis. “In English, I wrote an allegorical short story in which each of the characters represented a literary critical theory.”
Through her coursework, Kreisman built strong relationships with faculty, which played a role in her acceptance to multiple law schools. “When [I was] applying to law school, several professors helped me in multiple ways,” she said. “From writing letters of recommendation to helping me edit my personal statement, the faculty at Meredith showed me that they care about my success.”
That support has been influential for Kreisman – and she sees the benefit in paying it forward. She shared her strength as a writer with others as a tutor in the Learning Center. “It is rewarding to help people improve their writing skills, and it is particularly fun to help students who have never enjoyed English classes see that writing is not so bad, after all,” she said.
She has demonstrated her own writing skills as a staff member of The Meredith Herald. She served most recently as the news editor and attributed this experience with enhancing her leadership and teamwork skills.
She took a break from her English studies when she embarked on a semester abroad in Siena, Italy. “I was able to take all classes in Italian and live with Italian students, so it was an authentic experience,” she said. “The challenge of being so immersed in another culture was difficult, but it was also extremely rewarding.”
Kreisman clearly appreciates all of the options she has had during her time as a student at Meredith.
“If I were to describe Meredith in one word, it would be opportunity,” she said. “I don’t think I would have had so many chances to be involved in extracurricular activities, including the Herald, the Learning Center, study abroad, jobs, and internships, if I had gone to a larger school.”