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Life after William Smith

Life after William Smith has been exciting for Sarah DeGray ’06. In the time since she’s graduated, DeGray has presented her honors paper at an international conference, worked at a law firm, become a grad student, and most recently has landed a competitive internship with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

Several months after graduation, DeGray was invited to present her Honors paper, titled, “Navigating the Semiological, Ideological and Commercial Functions of Authenticity in Rap Music and Culture” at a social science and humanities post-graduate conference on authenticity in the United Kingdom. Her paper has subsequently been published in Authentic Artifice: Cultures of the Real, an edited volume published by the European Studies Research Institute. She was the sole undergrad contributor.

DeGray landed her first job out of college at Langrock, Sperry & Wool law firm in Vermont. There she worked as a legal assistant and paralegal for three years before entering graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in political science at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

This summer, DeGray was selected as one of only seven summer interns to work for Leahy, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Working for Leahy, DeGray had the opportunity to work on and attend the historic Supreme Court nomination hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

“I have always been interested in law and our legal system and how it interacts with the legislative branch. It was an experience I will never forget and working as part of the Leahy team has been incredible and inspiring,” says DeGray of her participation in the Sotomayor hearings.

DeGray’s experience in the Senate and with the Judiciary Committee has propelled her toward a career in public interest law, and she now plans to apply to law school for the fall of 2010.

“William Smith College instilled in me that anything is possible, especially for young women today, and I will always credit William Smith for solidifying my love for academics and public service,” she says.

Currently, DeGray is completing her master’s. She graduated magna cum laude from William Smith with a political science major and an international relations and media and society double minor. She completed an Honors project, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society.