A Bright Future
A Profile of Community Leadership graduate, Jeremy Bourgeois
By current CoLead student Amy Barry
Jeremy Bourgeois, a 2007 graduate of the Community Leadership program at the Thompson School of Applied Science, is extremely focused on the importance of education. He describes his two years of education at the Thompson School as an experience he had not anticipated. He originally thought he would adapt better to the more traditional four-year college route, but then he was accepted into the Thompson School and his views changed quickly. He had great success academically in the Community Leadership program and this made his transition to the University of New Hampshire's baccalaureate program much easier. He credits the CoLead program by saying, “I enjoyed my Thompson School experience so much I decided to wait on the transfer and finish my associate’s degree first. Looking back, I think it was a great decision.”
Jeremy thrived in the small class size environment that uses hands-on experience as an essential learning tool. The small classes also helped him to make connections with professors that he is still in touch with to this day and to "enjoy going to class knowing that I would have fun, learn something, and gain transferrable skills that can be used in real life.” Using the leadership skills he learned at the Thompson School, it was easy for him to transition to the four-year program and obtain a BA in Political Science. Jeremy was so passionate about political science that he decided to attend graduate school at UNH, where he will soon receive a master's degree.
Currently, Jeremy is not only a candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree, but he also works in education as a paraprofessional. He hopes that after he completes graduate school he will enter the workforce, ideally working for the government at a state or federal level, preferably in Washington D.C. Another goal Jeremy has in mind is to run for office, a goal that is not new for him. Jeremy previously ran for office as a New Hampshire state representative and now would like to run for a higher position. Regardless of what he ends up pursuing, Jeremy's future looks incredibly bright, and he is certain that he will use the opportunities and lessons the Thompson School and UNH provided.
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