Peggy is Director of Communications, Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Indiana.
Major: Human Services/Social Work
Minor: Political Science and French
Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana
As a student, what were you involved in?
I was heavily involved in student government at SJC. I was the Halas Hall Governor, Chair of the Governors Committee, and a Representative on the Student Life Committee, which was comprised of faculty, administration, and students and discussed issues related to campus life. I was News Editor and a reporter for The Observer (SJC's student-produced newspaper), where I learned how to edit stories and design page layouts.
I also completed two internships as part of the curriculum for my degree, including one with Crime Victims Assistance in Terre Haute, Indiana, the summer before my junior year. My job was to help victims through legal processes, especially those with low-income backgrounds. Sometimes, I even went to court with them. That internship sparked my interest in criminal law. My second internship took place the summer before my senior year, and it was with a public defender in Jasper County. I went to court with him and learned the different steps involved in legal proceedings.
How did SJC prepare you for the "real world"?
Saint Joseph's College taught me to be curious and not to take everything at face value. My education encouraged me to do my own research on an issue, and now, if there's information to be found, I can find it! The Core Program also taught me how to take a complicated idea and break it down. This is extremely important in my job, since my duty is essentially to bring the governmental system down to a level that is more accessible, and to make constituents feel connected to our government and part of the legislative process.
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