Vanessa Robertson

When choosing a major, the field of Political Science came naturally for Robertson. Since she can remember, she has always had a flair for politics and a hope to work in the field. 

“This degree will help me keep up to date on a lot of issues that affect lawyers all the time,” she said. 

While on the Castleton campus, Robertson used her leadership skills to make great strides in various areas where she is passionate. In addition to working several jobs and taking on a full course load, she found time to create the Political Science Club and served as a Research Assistant to the Castleton Polling Institute for nearly a year. 

“I did not really expect to be involved in much because I was a commuter, but students have a lot of opportunities, even ones they did not think were possible,” said Robertson, who is also a member of the cheerleading team and part of two different honor societies. 

In March of 2016, Robertson made local history as she was elected to the Rutland City Board of Aldermen, a giant step in her political career, becoming the youngest member in history. During her time on the board, Robertson hopes to tackle issues such as the local water system, growing business in downtown Rutland, and attracting the younger generation to the local area. 

“I feel that my education has taught me that no matter where you start, you can accomplish anything,” Robertson said. “The support system on campus really helped me throughout the campaign process.”