The Right Choice
Graduate Molly Lamping '09 says she initially wanted to go to a big school in a big city, but after some encouragement from two older cousins who are Saint Mary's alumnae, she came to the College for a visit. It was then that she fell in love with the campus and the people here. "Choosing Saint Mary's is one of the best decisions of my life," says Molly.
The political science grad found what she was looking for at Saint Mary's. "We have small classes and personal attention from professors, but we also have so many clubs and study abroad programs," says Molly. She studied abroad in Maynooth, Ireland, during her sophomore year, which she says changed her life completely. "I strongly advocate studying abroad because education doesn't stop at the classroom door."
Molly also took advantage of what many see as the best of both worlds. "The affiliation with the University of Notre Dame opens doors to the resources of a larger university—like big sports and a huge course catalog," says Molly.
Molly participated in activities on both campuses—as a member of the Pasquerilla East Musical Company, a musical theatre company at Notre Dame, and as a member of the singing group Bellacappella at Saint Mary's. Molly was the director during her senior year. "It was so rewarding to lead the ensemble and to achieve our goal of recording our debut album."
Molly was also on the board of the Class of 2009, an activity that she says taught her organization and leadership skills. "I really enjoyed working for the benefit of my classmates and planning events that we will remember for years to come."
When it comes to classes, Molly says her favorite class was American public policy. "The class was really interactive and gave a hands-on approach to a subject that could be very tedious." She looked to Professor Pat Pierce in the political science department as a great advisor both personally and academically. "I valued his open door policy and willingness to help students with whatever they needed."
After completing law school at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Molly plans to be an intellectual property attorney.
For alumna Sarita Fritzler '08, diversity starts at home. Born in India and adopted by Caucasian parents, Fritzler has an older sister from Nepal and a younger sister from India. She spent her childhood living abroad in India, Egypt, and Ghana. Her parents live in Indonesia.
Fritzler completed a political science major along with minors in women studies and intercultural studies. She was also a member of the inaugural class of students who received a Certificate in Intercultural Leadership from the Center for Women’s InterCultural Leadership (CWIL). She was actively involved in student affairs including the student diversity board, as a senior was the chief of staff on the Board of Governance.
Fritzler was also an international advisory board member (one of only two students) for CWIL, as well as working as a CWIL assistant. Her civic involvement was not limited to the campus; she and Bonnie Bazata, former Associate Director of CWIL, in partnership with the Board of Governance, initiated the Leadership Lunch series.
The luncheon speakers include successful woman leaders from the Michiana area, and in some cases, international leaders. Fritzler noted that the idea of the luncheons matched the college’s focus on its core value of community. “It’s been perfect to bridge that community and we’ve learned so much from these women and it’s been great to have them here,” explains Fritzler.
When it comes to mentors, Fritzler is quick to name Bazata. “I think my biggest supporter maybe would be Bonnie. Bonnie was always pushing us to do the best we can do.” Fritzler also noted the tremendous support she received from her political science faculty, women’s studies, and intercultural studies professors. “All of the professors, they’ve been supportive,” comments Fritzler, who then adds, “And then of course my mom and dad.”
Fritzler recently returned from volunteering with the Peace Corps developing and implementing community health initiatives in Mpika, Zambia.