Meet Regina Powers ’15

Hometown: Owensboro

High School: Owensboro Catholic

Major: Political Science and English

PowersTell us about your family.

“I have two older brothers who live in other parts of the country. Our mother raised us here in Owensboro on her own. Dad died when we were young.”

Why did you choose Kentucky Wesleyan?

“I wanted a liberal arts education, and I was a Brown Scholar. It was great to attend college here in Owensboro.”

Tell us about your experiences as a Wesleyan student.

“I found my classes to be very challenging and rigorous, and as I look back, I can see that my professors knew what I was capable of achieving. They pushed me. I loved my political science classes with Dr. Bill Conroy. He was tough, but very encouraging. I also loved my classes with Dr. Suzanne Rose and Professor Joey Connelly. They were very encouraging, too. I enjoyed my involvement in the Stanley Reed Pre-Law Society.”

What have you been doing in the year since your graduation from Wesleyan?

“I’ve been working at Ohio County High School with AmeriCorps as a mentor to 100 students with a focus on 30 students, with whom I worked one-on-one. I helped them with college applications, spoke to classes and assisted students who wanted to attend college but didn’t know anything about how to apply or about financial aid. I worked closely with guidance counselors.”

Tell us about your decision to attend law school and about your path to Harvard Law School.

“I was torn about either going to law school or obtaining my Ph.D. to teach. I wanted to impact people, and I decided I could most effectively help others as an attorney. Dr. Conroy was very encouraging and supportive.

I was accepted to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law my senior year at Wesleyan. I decided to take the LSAT again, and I made a higher score the second time – in the top one percent. I was then accepted to Harvard Law School.

I am interested in public interest law, and I want to work for a non-profit or for the government. I want to help people directly, and my dream is to practice civil rights law.”

What are you doing this summer before you head to Cambridge?

“Orientation is in late August at Harvard. In the meantime, I’m going to relax a little and do a lot of reading in preparation for law school. I’m really excited to get there.”

Congratulations, Regina. What an achievement. We wish you well. Please stay in touch.