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Christina Galiatsatos

Major: Political Science
Minors: Sociology; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Headshot of Christina Galiatsatos, with the US Capitol building in the background.

Hello everyone! My name is Christina Galiatsatos and I am a Senior from Long Island, New York. I’m majoring in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Upon my graduation in May 2023, I plan on continuing my education by attending law school, with hopes of being a successful attorney in my future endeavors. 

When I was applying to colleges, I yearned to move out of New York and explore some place new that I had never been to before. What better place to explore and live in than West Lafayette, Indiana? I had applied to Purdue as a STEM major and spent my first year here taking STEM classes and enjoyed them, but I had the pleasure of taking a Political Science class my first fall semester that had honestly changed my life trajectory. Upon coming back to Purdue my second year, enrolled again in all STEM classes, I came to the realization that I wasn’t fully enjoying what I was studying and wanted to feel that same passion for learning as I did when I took that Political Science class last fall semester. So, with a leap of faith, I dropped all my classes after the first week, and enrolled myself into Political Science classes and have never looked back since. I genuinely love what I learn and look forward to my classes every day since switching into Political Science and have never been happier. But none of this would have been possible without the amazing professors and staff in the College of Liberal Arts. With their support, I felt immediately welcomed and supported, which let me feel confident in my decision to switch my major and career path. Although Purdue is a large school, being a part of the College of Liberal Arts gives you that “small school feel.” I’m able to connect with my professors as well as my peers easily and feel a part of a family, receiving opportunities that I hadn’t envisioned myself having when I first came to Purdue. 

 

 

After switching to Political Science, I became much more involved on campus. I am currently the Treasurer of Purdue’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, the Vice Chair of the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement (CCSE) Student Community, a Director of the Purdue Votes Coalition, and of course, a Dean’s Ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts. During the Spring 2022 Semester, I had the opportunity to participate in research with the US Department of State where I researched methods of mis/disinformation in international news and created a policy brief for the Department on the findings. In the 2022 "Maymester," I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Washington, DC on the “Boilers Go To DC” program with the CCSE where I spoke with numerous Washington professionals and attended lectures with C-SPAN founder, Brian Lamb. This fall, I will be one of the Editorial Interns for the CCSE, where I will be working with C-SPAN archive clips for professors’ classes and promoting the numerous events the CCSE offers for students on campus. I am eternally grateful for all the opportunities I have been given through the College of Liberal Arts that have shaped my college experience and cannot wait to see what’s in store for my last year at Purdue. Boiler Up!