Classie Davis ’06
b.a., communications; j.d., boston college law, 2009
An important part of Boston College’s mission is to develop “the whole person,” to nurture the ethical and spiritual growth of its students as well as their intellectual achievement. Classie Davis believes this approach to student formation helped make her, as she puts it, a “well-rounded individual who is prepared to attain success” in the practice of law.
Referring to this emphasis on educating the whole student, Davis says, “Boston College’s mission is unique because it is focused on encouraging students to both do well academically and to serve others. This is a recipe for growth and reflection that many other colleges do not have.”
Her classes, she says, were academically motivating, and her professors encouraged her to always keep an open mind and pursue a broad spectrum of possibilities. One of those pursuits was through Boston College’s PULSE Program for Service Learning, which aims to educate students about social injustice by putting them in direct contact with people on the margins of society and by encouraging discussion of basic philosophical and theological questions, like what it means to be human.
PULSE connected her with the homeless and working poor at a soup kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during her sophomore year. “It was a life-changing experience,” she recalls. “I learned that there are a myriad of reasons why individuals have to come to soup kitchens. They all had unique stories that led to their current circumstances.”
Aside from this program, Davis also became an active member of campus ministry and went on several retreats that made her reflect deeply about her career plans and her commitments as a person of faith. Since graduation from law school, she has been working as a judicial law clerk and is exploring career options in her areas of interest.
The whole education helped bring Davis to a particular choice: to become a public-interest attorney committed to serving those “who often do not have a voice or cannot afford legal services.” She says, “I was taught to always strive to help my community in any way possible, and I plan to do just that.”