Kelly Ann Povero is a Political Science major and Italian Studies minor graduating in May. From Odessa, New York, Kelly has enjoyed her beautiful hometown’s waterfalls, parks, and the view of Seneca Lake. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for Peace Studies and International Development. While she has not decided where she will be studying, she has applied to American University, UCLA, and European schools like European Peace University in Austria and the University of Manchester in the UK. Kelly aspires to work with an international organization like the United Nations in the future, as she loves world affairs, peace, and security issues. “After I get through all of that,” she says, “I would eventually like to become a professor.”
Kelly is a highly active student on campus. She is the current President of Nu Zeta Phi sorority and the Executive Administrator for the Pace Westchester Model United Nations team, participating in eight conferences representing various countries. This semester she will represent Ghana in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
“I can’t choose just one memory of my time at Pace,” Kelly notes, “I suppose that the greatest thing I’m taking away from this experience is the people I’ve met along the way. These people have impacted me every single day, every decision I’ve ever made. From my sorority sisters to professors and simple acquaintances that say ‘hello’ on their way to class, they’ve all made my college career that much more enjoyable.”
Like many of our Showcased Students, Kelly advises first-year students to become as involved as possible on campus. While she recognizes that college is primarily an academic experience, Kelly reminds students that it is also an opportunity for individual growth. She recommends taking part in many of the Honors College events from trips to presentations that provide insight on many interesting topics. Volunteering and participating in community service work with other campus organizations will also benefit students in the future. Kelly highlights the professors of the Political Science department for their dedication to enhancing her learning experience at Pace, “It's an honor to have them teach you,” she explains. She gives a special thanks to her mentor and advisor, Dr. Greg Julian, who continually teaches students about solving world issues and how to make life better for future generations. She also highly recommends Professor George Picoulas, whose interesting insights and exciting debates, makes classes both fun valuable and enjoyable.
As a graduating senior, Kelly is grateful for the immediate recognition that the Honors College provides her with when applying for jobs and to graduate schools. Being a member of the Honors College proves that a student is responsible, diligent, and good with time management, all skills that Kelly has developed during her four years at Pace. Attending a number of Honors events per semester also exhibits the ability to balance schoolwork with campus involvement.