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Kelly Eleneski

Class of 2007

Dr. Moncrief was my thesis advisor. Not only is she absolutely brilliant, but she was a great mentor and always there to answer any questions I had, English related or otherwise, and give great advice.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

My liberal arts education was a great preparation for my current career. Taking a variety of classes in different subjects, in small classes with active participation, helped me learn about different areas, specifically law. The pre-law classes I took helped to further develop my interest in law, and prompted my decision to apply to law school. In the small classes at WC, we debated holdings and issues in cases, and I found it fascinating and exciting, and hoped law school would be an extension of that. But more importantly, I was able to combine my interest in law, as well as literature, writing, and journalism. I majored in English and was Editor-in-Chief of The Elm, and took creative writing classes and attended countless readings by amazing writers. I don’t believe at a different school I would have been able to combine so many of my interests and explore all of them so seamlessly. 

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

During my time at WC, I was lucky to have so many wonderful professors, it’s truly hard to pick one. However, Dr. Kate Moncrief was my mentor and taught me so much. I concentrated my English major on the early modern period and Dr. Moncrief was my thesis advisor. Not only is she absolutely brilliant, but she was a great mentor and always there to answer any questions I had, English related or otherwise, and give great advice. Similarly, John Lang, our journalism advisor for The Elm, had a colorful and fascinating history in journalism and writing, and gave invaluable critiques and life advice. Truly one of the best parts of attending WC was the faculty and staff. 

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

It’s hard to pinpoint one memory. More so, when I think of WC and my time there, I think about walking around the beautiful campus, on my way to my next class or rushing to grab food between meetings. I think about all the friends I made and the tight knit atmosphere of the campus. I think about attending readings and parties and meeting new and interesting people every day. I think about the smell of the trees along Cater Walk and the caramel macchiatos I would get before all-nighter Elm editing sessions. I know this is a terrible answer, because it’s not really a memory, but to me I can’t pick one memory as a favorite. My time at WC is a melting pot of many great memories.

Did your Senior Capstone Experience (or thesis project) have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today.
The actual subject matter of a thesis (sibling relationships in early modern drama) didn’t influence my career path, but the actual process of researching this enormous project and critically thinking about it, while composing it in an articulate way and working through edits and suggestions from my advisor, was a great experience. 
Campus Involvement
  • The Elm
  • Society of Junior Fellows
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Phi Alpha Theta
Graduate School:

Roger Williams University School of Law, Juris Doctorate