When she arrived at Saint Louis University her freshmen year with a Presidential Scholarship, Molly Berendt already knew that she wanted to major in political science. She began taking political sciences courses right away and became an active member of the Political Science Club. However, it was not until she returned from a year studying abroad in Lyon, France, that the Political Science department really became her home at SLU. Molly had left as a freshman and returned as a junior, and the Political Science Department was the one place on campus that provided her with some consistency: the professors, the students, and the Political Science Club were still there, and she fit in without feeling that she had missed a full year.
Molly quickly stepped up as the president of the Political Science Club. She names the recurring "Coffee with a Professor" event as her favorite new Club activity. Molly appreciates having the opportunity to meet with professors outside of the academic setting. Molly says, "finding out about their lives, families, and passions gives us a more holistic view of the people we see every day in the classroom and in the hallways." Molly also participated in recruiting and selecting new faculty members for the Political Science department.
In addition to her Political Science major, Molly completed majors in French and International Studies, and she is a Pre-Law Scholar. She participated in a number of organization on SLU's campus over the years - Mock Trial, Intramural Soccer - and was inducted into several honor societies including the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. During Fall 2008, Molly worked as a Teach for America Campus Campaign Coordinator. She has also worked as a teacher's aide at the International Institute. Ultimately, she is planning to attend law school.
Molly would recommend political science as a major to others who are interested in learning about and questioning the world around them. Molly says, "My political science classes have been tougher than any others I've taken at Saint Louis University. They have challenged me to engage the material, study hard, formulate concepts and theories and apply them to big picture problems and situations."