Hometown: Pawling, N.Y.
Major: Political Science
MINORS: International Studies, History
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Activities: treasurer and president of the United Students of Western, an organization dedicated to bringing international issues to light; lead volunteer for a legislative campaign in home district in New York; work full time as an estate manager
Honors and Awards: Leadership Award, Dean’s List, certified in Conflict Resolution, senior thesis published in the Social Science Journal
At first, Courtné Claudet came to WestConn for the education program, but ended up majoring in political science. "I still want to teach, but after I have the real-world experience," she says. "I love politics and believe as Ghandi said, 'We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.'"
Claudet is not ashamed to admit she attended WestConn for more than four years. "I always struggled with math," she admits. "However, with hard work and the Math Lab, I finally persevered."
Claudet has a great deal of praise for her professors at WestConn. "Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Averell Manes was a mentor to me at WCSU. She inspired me inside and outside the classroom. I will take all that I have learned from her through my journey.”
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Claudet says, “I cannot name only one memorable experience because I have had a variety of educational and personal experiences that will last a lifetime.”
After graduation, Claudet ’s long-term goal is already in the works. "I am sending out my resume in the D.C. area. I want to get my J.D. and Adjunct Instructor Todd Brewster has inspired this goal.”
Claudet’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Get to know your teachers. A professor once said to me, 'If I don’t know your name by week four, shame on me, if I don't know it by mid-term, shame on you.' The best way to do this is ask questions, ask for help, and even though everyone is a little shy at the beginning, try to be involved in classroom discussions. Go make appointments with your adviser and the head of your department to develop a personal relationship with them. You will need their help and support at some point. Also, go to the Math, Writing and Resource labs. They are friendly, helpful and free!”