She might not have known that some day she would apply the lessons of Plato and Aristotle to the world of law and order. But it didn’t take Brittany Kaminski ’11 long to see how her philosophy studies could be woven into many aspects of her life and her goals.
“With each class I was pushed to analyze my predetermined ideas, beliefs and conclusions and to test them against the course material in engaging class discussions,” said Brittany, who came to Stonehill from Woodbury, Conn. “These educational tools evolved into a unique form of critical thinking that I am able to implement in all areas of my life, which has enabled me not only to grow intellectually but also as a person.”
As that growth occurred, so did Brittany’s resolve to dedicate herself to making positive change happen in the world. It is a goal that was certainly reflected in her life as an undergraduate, during which time she was a resident assistant, teacher’s assistant, religious educator, reading tutor and volunteer site coordinator for the College’s community service program, Into The Streets.
“(These activities) illustrated to me that it only takes the actions of a few to make positive change happen in the world,” she says. And that commitment to positive change is also reflected in her career.
After graduating with a double major in Philosophy and Sociology (along with a minor in Criminology), Brittany joined the Office of the Attorney General in Massachusetts as a mediator.
And as happens so often with Stonehill alumni, she has remained actively involved in helping undergraduates at her alma mater. She recently brought to Stonehill a program presented by the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General that helps students better understand their rights and obligations with credit cards and other financial matters. “Access to credit and its obligations, needs to be taken very seriously by both students and parents, especially if parents co-sign any credit obligations”, said Kaminski.
And if she helps them avoid pitfalls in the world of personal finance, she’s taken yet another step on her quest to help others and make change for the better.