A history major with minors in government and sociology, Grace Fulop was drawn to Hamilton’s reputation as one of the top liberal arts colleges. She was also impressed by the College’s emphasis on producing students with outstanding oral and written communicative skills — skills that she believes will be essential as she pursues a career combating issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger.
Fulop’s coursework helped spark her career ambitions. During a discussion in a women’s studies class that focused on societal inequalities based on race, class and gender, and how policy can play a role in combating injustice, she recalls her professor saying, “Privilege should not create a sense of guilt; it should create a sense of responsibility.” For Fulop, this became a mantra representing the purpose of her Hamilton education. “Not only does Hamilton give us the tools to be successful in life,” she said, “but it allows us to fulfill our potential to bring about good and change in our world by becoming leaders.”
Outside of class, Fulop is demonstrating this commitment. She has served on the executive board of HAVOC (Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity) and volunteers as an ESL teaching assistant at the Refugee Center in Utica. Coupled with the course Policy, Poverty & Practice, she became certified to assist low-income Utica residents with their tax returns through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program). Fulop volunteers as a grant writer for Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley, serves as a member of HALT (Hamilton Alumni Leadership Training), participates in the Outing Club, and works as a caller for the Annual Fund and as a writer for the Levitt Center.
Fulop intends to pursue a master of public policy and ultimately work for the U.S. government. She says that the most important lessons she learned at Hamilton include the importance of initiative, tenacity and hard work. “Without the wonderfully generous support of Hamilton donors, I would not have been able to attend Hamilton due to the cost of this kind of excellent education,” she said.