Kerisha Hawthorne

Home: Montego Bay, Jamacia
Major: English
Minor: Psychology
Concentration: Pre-Law
Graduated: Spring 2011

While at Geneseo:
During her time at Geneseo, Kerisha was a part of many on-campus organizations and activities showing the ideal characteristics of a well-rounded student. Kerisha worked for many different programs and organizations. She was a tutor for Access Opportunity Programs or AOP as well as an International Student Services Office.
Kerisha worked as an Orientation Advisor over the summer. Orientation Advisors stay the whole summer to welcome the incoming class and help them become familiar with college life. In addition to helping new students become acquainted with the school, Kerisha worked as a Resident Assistant during her sophomore and junior year. Resident Assistants hold a variety of responsibilities and are looked to as role models and mentors by the residents that they watch over. As a senior, Kerisha was an Assistant Resident Director.

Besides working in ResLife and as a tutor, Kerisha was involved in other organizations on campus. She was the Vice President of Rotaract Club, a Rotary-sponsored service organization for men and women ages 18-30. The club focuses on both local and international service projects. Kerisha showed her passion for service by being the treasurer of the Ghana Civic Engagement Project.


During her four years at Geneseo, Kerisha was received many awards and was invited to be a part of many prestigious honor societies. Kerisha was given the Chancellor's Award for SUNY students across New York State. The Chancellor's award recognizes students that best demonstrate academic success as well as accomplishments in extracurricular activities and other organizations. She also was named one of the fourteen members of the Presidential Scholar Group. This group of seniors is chosen to serve as ambassadors for the college and exemplify Geneseo's core values of excellence and innovation. Along with being recognized for these two honors, Kerisha is a member of three National Honor Societies, Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and Phi Eta Sigma. She is also a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi, and the National Honor Society in English, Sigma Tau Delta. Kerisha has been recognized and celebrated as a versatile and successful student during her time at Geneseo for her academic accomplishments and her demonstration of the core values of Geneseo.

Where are they now?

After graduating from Geneseo and receiving a B.A. in English with a minor in Psychology and a Pre-Law concentration, Kerisha pursued an intership with New York State Division of Human Rights. She is currently attending law school at University of Buffalo.


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