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Maggi Sliwinski ’07

As one of two student trustee, Maggi Sliwinski ’07 is everywhere. A biology and music major with a minor in environmental studies, she’s active in Chorale, Cantori, Campus Greens and 3 Miles Lost. She is also a tour guide, member of the William Smith Centennial Committee and house manager of Green House. She was among more than a dozen HWS students and faculty who packed up and headed for Siberia shortly after graduation in May 2006.

Read Sliwinski’s 2006 Convocation address.

Peek at Sliwinski’s pictorial journal of her trip to Siberia.

How did you get interested in being a student trustee?
I saw it as a way to give back to the campus community. Being able to participate in something that is bigger than me is a great learning experience.

Why Siberia?
I went to Siberia mainly because it was my last chance to go abroad. I didn’t realize I really wanted to go until sometime junior year, so I grabbed this chance. It also fit perfectly with my environmental science minor.

After graduation?
There are a few options I'm considering. One of them is to become part of a lobbying group in D.C. I am also considering going to graduate school for environmental policy or possibly research.

Why William Smith? 
I love this campus. It really caught my eye since I come from a very small town in the country. I also met a lot of different people on my visits here and they all seemed so welcoming, and I felt like I could fit in here. It was also just a feeling I had about this place.

Has the coordinate system had an impact on your education?
It gives me the opportunity to be a Student Trustee and the ability to talk about women's issues with the William Smith Dean's office. I think I've become a bit of a feminist because of coming here. I understand women's issues better and understand our struggles. I don't think this could have happened anywhere else where being a woman is not focused on.

Has William Smith College shaped your idea of leadership?
I think simply the process of going through college and getting more mature has been a major part of shaping my ideas about leadership. I probably think about certain things differently because of William Smith, such as always giving the same options to women and men. The atmosphere of the Colleges has helped me form ideas about leadership that wouldn't have happened elsewhere.

How did you get where you are today? Can you trace it to a certain moment, experience or personality trait?
I am where I am today because of my parents. They raised me to be an environmentally conscientious person, as well as someone who is independent and motivated. They allowed me to make decisions about my life because they trusted that I would make the right decisions for my future. I will always be grateful to them for that.

What are you currently reading?
The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman.

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