My name is Tim Feeley. I am 20 years old and I live in Chelmsford, MA. I am currently studying as a political science major at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. I was attracted to this field of study not just because I have an affinity for politics, but because it also presents students like myself with a great opportunity to develop their analytical and writing skills. As a political science major, I find that it is far easier to observe many different topics from a critical perspective while also assessing the pros and cons of different situations or issues. Using these observational skills helps to create a more cohesive argument in favor of or against something, and this is a crucial element of decision making.
For ten years, from the ages of 9 to 19, I was proud to be a member of a fund-raising group called Fitness For A Cure. I was one of about 100 people on this great team, and each year we would put on a high-energy show to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Many of my own core beliefs have stemmed from my amazing time on this team and can be summed up by a quote from the hospital’s founder Danny Thomas: “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” One of the greatest highlights of my life up to this point came in the summer of 2009, when I actually got to visit the hospital and volunteer alongside many of the sick children. I learned many lessons from that trip. I learned to never complain about the little things – always appreciate what you have in life and do your best to help those that can’t help themselves. I have been very passionate about this philosophy ever since.
My time at the Chelmsford Town Clerk’s Office was everything I hoped it would be and more. As a college student, the experience was exactly what I would expect out of a quality internship. Over the course of a month, I was tasked with producing a series of educational videos detailing some of the most important aspects of the voting process and the duties of election workers. Many of the political science courses I take at Endicott deal primarily with the state and federal levels politics, rarely touching upon the intricacies of the local level. This internship was a valuable learning experience for me, as I was educated on the fundamentals of local politics and elections. I was surprised at how complex local elections actually are! Overall, the internship was perfect. It provided a refreshing look at local politics and an incredibly friendly and welcoming working environment. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Fun Fact: As a junior at Endicott College, I am involved with an organization called Pi Sigma Alpha, which is the Political Science Honors Society!