Kathiana LeJeune is a woman on a mission. At 17, with her associate’s degree in political science and government from Georgia State University and service as a state senate page completed, Kathiana transferred as a junior to Marymount.
She graduates in the Class of 2018 – a 19-year-old with a bachelor’s degree in politics
and a résumé that includes internships on Capitol Hill and at AARP’s national headquarters.
“On my campus visit, I felt the sense of community and understood why Saints ‘bleed blue.’ Marymount accepted almost all my credits and several scholarships made my bachelor’s more affordable.” Before returning home, she and her mother made the deposit to become an MU Saint.
Marymount won Kathiana with its academic strength, small classes and, critical for future dreams, proximity to stellar networking in the nation’s capital. With its advantage of real-world internships for every undergraduate, Marymount did not disappoint her.
“I interned for New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, where I conducted policy research at the Congressional Research Services and the Library of Congress and attended Joint Economic Committee hearings.” One unforgettable moment was translating a conversation with a constituent of Haitian descent for Rep. Maloney.
Interning for AARP’s Campaign Management Department, she managed its Fraud Watch Network page, researched broadband and utility matters, generated political data analysis, networked with its Grassroots and Advocacy Division and participated in AARP Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.
Global study broadened her foreign affairs’ perspective. “With my faculty advisor Dr. Chad Rector
, our Global Political Economy class traveled to Vietnam. We visited the War Remnants Museum and U.S. Embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, and made a trip to the Mekong Delta.”
Kathiana credits Major Women’s Writing, a study abroad class to London and Bath with Dr. Tonya Howe
, for fueling a passion for creative writing. The presidential scholar and political honor society member has held leadership roles on the Student Government Association, Co-Curricular Council and International Affairs Society.
This fall, Kathiana enters George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies in Political Management. Her career goals?
“Win a U.S. congressional seat, chair the Foreign Affairs Committee and eventually, secure an appointment as U.S. Secretary of State…”
With such far-reaching dreams, it’s no wonder she moves so quickly.