Posted: May 12, 2009
Casey Maliszewski FP '10 doesn't consider herself a “Jersey Girl,” but the Stockton, New Jersey, native is definitely proud of the place she calls home and wants to see it grow--especially its schools. To that end, she spent January Term interning for the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
As an intern, she took on various tasks--from compiling information on the state's Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to attending state legislative hearings and helping set standards for success at New Jersey colleges. Jane Oates, executive director of the commission, was an excellent resource and role model and took the MHC junior under her wing.
"She's a great people person. Really good at nurturing relationships with people. She knows what needs to be improved and what needs to be worked on. And she’s honest," Maliszewski said. "I admire the way that she manages the organization and works with people.”
A sociology major with a minor in politics, Maliszewski hopes to work in politics and public policy--especially education reform--in the future.
"Education is important to me because I'm the first in my family to go to college. My mother graduated third in her high school class of 600, but couldn't afford to go to college," she said. "My dad was discouraged from going to college. I'm motivated to work hard, because I see the challenges they've faced in not being college graduates."
Maliszewski transferred to Mount Holyoke this past year from Raritan Valley Community College, where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa. She's become active with the Mount Holyoke College Democrats and campaigned for President Barack Obama and local Democratic candidates. After graduating from Mount Holyoke, she plans to go to graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in public policy.