Tiger Tales: Shelby King '13
"The word you won't hear at Oxy is 'no'."
“The word you won’t hear at Oxy is 'no'. Oxy is an environment where you can literally pursue all of your interests and passions while finding your niche. With a focus on learning both within and outside of classes, Oxy promotes exploration and development,” so says Shelby King, A 2013 major in Economics with an emphasis in Public Policy and minors in Politics and Philosophy who embarked on her career planning her first year: “I have always wanted to attend law school and to work in the government, and my experience at Oxy has been the solidifying force in that decision.”
Shelby focused her coursework at Oxy specifically on her passions of public policy, law, and music. From learning about the immigration debate in her home state of Arizona during “Immigration Economics”, to staging mock trials in “Economics and Law”, to volunteering for political campaigns during “Campaigns and Elections”, to even recreating a Parisian Salon in a course on “Chopin’s Paris”, every day at Oxy was filled with academic variance and stimulation, and every part of class required engagement.
Outside of class, Shelby was also able to focus on her passions and on developing professional skills. She worked on Oxy Worldwide, an online international affairs publication, to encourage Oxy students to write about their political interests and to promote understanding through a US Budget Simulation Event. She was also President of Phi Alpha Delta, the academic law fraternity. In cooperation with the CDC, she was able to bring law school representatives to campus, offer pre-law training and bring a public interest lawyer and a Superior Court Judge to speak with students. Because Oxy doesn’t limit students’ interests, Shelby was also able to participate in all of the music ensembles offered by the Music Department, giving her the chance to play with students from Oxy and from nearby Caltech.
Professionally, Shelby was equally busy: she continued to run a nonprofit organization, Tucson Summer Music back home while gathering professional experiences by interning for Judge and Congresswoman Giffords. In her junior year she was a finalist for the Truman Fellowship and in her senior year she applied to both CORO and Capital Fellows.
When asked what role the CDC played in Shelby’s career growth and development, she had this to say:
“Oxy, as especially exemplified by Valerie Savior and the CDC, is the place where you can build the foundations upon which to make your dreams a reality. During individual advising, the CDC helps you discover how to accomplish your goals, and no realistic goal is unattainable. Valerie was an incredible resource over my four years, helping me with my resume, the academic law fraternity, applying to graduate school, applying for fellowships and scholarships, proof reading applications, and helping with professional knowledge on how to approach using my liberal arts education to obtain future employment. The CDC’s guidance made all the difference as I narrowed my end goal to public policy analysis/creation and criminal prosecution on the state level in Arizona.”
While touch and go to the bitter end, and being given Alternate status in the both the CORO and Capital Fellows programs, Shelby’s hard work and strong resume finally paid off: right after graduation she was accepted as a Judicial Fellow in Oroville, CA, north of Sacramento. While taking academic seminars through Sacramento State, she will be analyzing court efficiency, reviewing consistency/continuity, and working with state legislation. “Next year I hope to start graduate school for a joint degree in law and public policy.” The CDC is proud of Shelby’s early career success, and when she starts her graduate school process, we will again be here to help.
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