Undergraduate Student Profile: Christopher Durkin

Submitted by Web Communications on September 12, 2006

Fairfield’s a good community and the kids here are very friendly. You build connections and before you know it, you know everyone you pass by.

Christopher Durkin

Program: Other

Hometown: Monroe, CT

Extracurricular: LEAD program, Captain of Hockey Club

Call him captain

I’ve played hockey since I was seven, and when I came to Fairfield I knew I wanted to be involved at the club level. This year, I’m captain of the hockey club. We play about 20 games a season and have a shot at regionals and nationals. One of the things I like doing is scouting out our opponents, finding their strengths and weaknesses and then letting my teammates know what we’re up against.

taking the lead

I’m in the LEAD program. It’s a leadership exploration program that helps us build leadership skills and apply them to certain situations, like managing teams, dealing with crisis management, and understanding group dynamics. The idea is to make us better leaders, both on campus and beyond.

what’s in his future

Right now, I’m applying like mad for internships. But ultimately I want to go to law school and then maybe run for office someday. I like the idea of passing bills that end up helping people out. When I was a senior in high school I went to the National Leadership Conference in D.C. and met our senator, and since then the idea of working within the government has appealed to me.

how he wound up at fairfield university

I really like the whole Jesuit approach to education – I know it will make me well-prepared for whatever I go into. So I looked at a lot of campuses, particularly Jesuit schools. I got into several, but I knew I could get a really great education here. It’s a good community and the kids here are very friendly. You build connections and before you know it, you know everyone you pass by.

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