Joe Theall is a Political Science major with a concentration in Public Administration with minors in Accounting and Cinema Studies from Dracut, Massachusetts. Joe serves on the board for a number of different organizations. He is the Senate Speaker for the Marist Student Government Association (SGA) and the Treasure and past president of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Political Science Honor Society.
How did Marist prepare you for your desired career path?
My classes have exposed me to interdisciplinary subjects that have made me a better critical thinker, while also giving me a practical skill set that will prepare me for a career in public service. The Public Administration concentration has allowed me to explore diverse subjects such as Governmental Accounting, Public Finance, and Policy Implementation, and exposed me to some of the college’s best faculty.
How have your many roles and leadership positions impacted your time at Marist?
My experience in SGA has not only made me feel more a part of the Marist community but also allowed me to give back to the college. Having a leadership role in this organization has helped give me invaluable experience in managing relationships and strategic goals. Plus, I’ve gotten to meet so many great people who I know I will share friendships with for a lifetime
What’s one of your favorite things about Marist?
One of my favorite things about Marist is being in the beautiful Hudson Valley. I remember laughing at Orientation about how much people talked about the river, but I’ve come to love the area and really admire it. There are so many great hikes in the area and an amazing culinary scene that I never expected to find.
Any advice for incoming freshmen?
Stick to the 50/50 Rule: College is all about balance. You’re here for your academics, but also to grow as a person and meet new people. If you can keep those two areas balanced you’re bound to have an amazing and successful college experience. I think college seems very daunting, but if you have good habits and aren’t afraid to put yourself out there, you will adjust pretty quickly. Especially at Marist; there are so many people here willing to help and welcome you into the community.
Written by Emily Belfiore '16
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Political Science
Academic School: Liberal Arts
Campus: New York