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05/27/15

Timothy P. Williams ’17 of Coxsackie, N.Y., became interested in political science after his father, a firefighter who responded to the 9/11 terror attacks, fought for a year to receive his social security benefits because injuries he sustained at Ground Zero left him unable to return to work.

“My mom wrote a letter to our congressman, Joe Crowley. His office helped, and we got the benefits we needed a couple of months later,” Williams recalled. “I was young at the time, but this really sparked my interest in government.”

A political science and public policy major, Williams’ dream is to make a difference in his community by becoming an anti-tobacco advocate. He also hopes to become an elected official.

Active within the campus community, Williams served as treasurer for the Class of 2017 Council. This year, he was a Senator-at-Large on the Student Government Senate, where he serves on the Constitution, Public Relations and Public Safety committees.

A resident advisor on campus, Williams also is the station manager and has his own show on MCLA’s radio station, WJJW.

“I work with a lot of awesome fellow students to make WJJW a destination for great music and good times,” he said. Through the Student Government Association (SGA), he serves with others who are determined to see that campus offerings are the best they can be for students.

“I make an impact on campus by being a part of those teams, and being a leader with other dedicated individuals,” he said.

Williams said he has “loved every minute” of the time he’s spent involved with clubs.

“MCLA’s greatest strength is the community that is fostered through the clubs and activities that are here on campus,” he said. “The clubs give all the amazing students we have here at MCLA the opportunity to express themselves, give back to the community, and so much more. It gives students that creative outlet, but also something else that is fun to do so you aren’t just doing schoolwork 24/7.

“I’ve loved the whole experience I’ve had at MCLA,” Williams continued. “Most of my experience here has been with teachers that help make discussion bloom in the classroom.”

Although he chose MCLA for a number of reasons, Williams said the surrounding mountains and the fact that the campus is fairly close to his home in New York were top selling points, along with its affordability.

“I won’t be paying my college bills in my 60s, and the political science and public policy programs were combined here, unlike other schools,” he said.

Williams recommends MCLA – and its welcoming community – to prospective students.

“There are so many different services and people here on campus who are willing and eager to help you succeed and be ready to make a difference after college,” he said.

“When I first came to college, I was afraid of the whole institution. I didn’t know if I would be able to find my place,” Williams continued. “But with First Days and events like the President’s Ice Cream Social at the beginning of the year, I saw all the great opportunities that are here at MCLA. If a prospective student wants to find their spot in a community, MCLA is the college for them.”