Going public

Triple major aiming for political office

For University of Maine fourth-year student Allyson Eslin, it took three majors — political science, psychology and economics — as well as being a student in the Honors College to fulfill her aspirations. “I like to joke that it was more a product of indecisiveness than ambition, but the truth is that a lot of consideration went into the process of picking majors,” says the Bangor native. “The three I chose were the three I felt would make me an effective legislator in the future. My eventual goal being to hold public office.”

MAINE PERSPECTIVE: Eslin spent the 2016 spring semester interning for Sen. Angus King in Washington, D.C., as part of the Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program. This academic year, she is the editor in chief of The Maine Campus, and an undergraduate research assistant for the departments of Anthropology and Economics. Eslin was a 2015–16 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholar, and has conducted award-winning research on political decision-making, and its relationship with fiscal and social ideologies.

GLOBAL CONTEXT: Next year, Eslin will study in UMaine’s dual master’s program in global policy and resource economics. She hopes to attend law school in Washington D.C., then pursue a career with the FBI as an analyst or translator. Her career plans also include serving as a state or federal legislator.

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