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Leadership opportunities abound for students at Hamline


Student leaders rack up impressive resumes during their time at Hamline. And, that success continues long after graduation.

 “The campus is small enough that you can play a lot of key roles in many different organizations,” Andrea Paulson, a pre-health major from the class of ’06, said. “If you are motivated, you can take on leadership roles and be involved in any activity or group you are interested in.”

While at Hamline, Paulson was a standout student, president of the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, an undergraduate research participant, and a member of the women's hockey team. Those credentials helped her to enter a competitive, prestigious medical school, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in public health.

From academics to athletics, students have a vast number of choices when it comes to involvement and leadership. Student groups range in focus from business, politics, and social justice, to the arts, journalism, and environmental causes.

“Hamline is a unique campus, and it offers a lot of really amazing opportunities,” legal studies major Tescia Veldhouse, class of ’11, said. “I’ve been able to participate in multiple clubs and organizations. It’s really allowed me to broaden my knowledge base.”

Along with her many on-campus activities, Veldhouse recently participated in the National Collegiate Leadership Honor Society’s annual Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow program. She was selected from among all national Omicron Delta Kappa members and participated as a member of Hamline's Omicron Delta Kappa circle.

David McCarthy is a recent graduate who majored in political science and English, belonged to the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, was president of the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress, and interned in the communications office of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty while in school. He remembers his time at Hamline as incredibly valuable.

“I feel that Hamline has definitely prepared me to take on any challenges or issues that I feel passionate about,” McCarthy, class of '10, said.

Hamline makes you feel confident as a leader," Ann Engebretson, class of '07, agreed.

A chemistry alumna, Engebretson now works as a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the same organization she interned for as undergraduate student at Hamline.

To hear from more student leaders and to learn about the many leadership opportunities at Hamline, visit the Hamline YouTube channel.