Top Student Headed to Top Law School
Four years ago, Mary Zeoli ’15 submitted a late admissions application to Saint Peter’s University after a scholarship offer from another university fell short. “Saint Peter’s offered me a really great scholarship,” said Zeoli, a political science and Spanish major from Princeton Junction, N.J. “I’m really glad I came here.”
A member of the honors program, Zeoli found time to sing with the Aidan C. McMullen Chorale, perform in numerous Argus Eyes productions, work in the Office of Campus Ministry and participate in three Global Outreach service trips to Ecuador and Mexico, all while maintaining a high G.P.A. She was one of 10 undergraduates welcomed last fall to the Most Noble Order of the Peacock, the University’s top honor society, and she landed a highly competitive internship with the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations during her last undergraduate college semester.
Zeoli worked in the Development and Humanitarian Rights section of the Mission, which she describes as an amazing experience, “That has shown me how to work in international politics and how to function within a large international organization.”
Zeoli is headed to The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., in the fall, and said she would miss the many people at Saint Peter’s who shaped her path. “Campus Ministry was easily my favorite part of Saint Peter’s, and every single person there made a positive impact on my life,” she said.
Zeoli also values the relationships formed with faculty. Assistant Professor of Political Science Alexander Mirescu, Ph.D., informed her about the Mission internship “and called everyone he knew” to make the opportunity possible.
The internship meant Zeoli had to go into Manhattan every day after class, leaving no time to meet on campus with her thesis advisor, Associate Professor of Political Science Alain Sanders, Ph.D. “Once a week, Dr. Sanders would call me from home to review my thesis,” said Zeoli. “The faculty here go above and beyond to help you.”