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The Marietta Effect

Ben Reese

Ben Reese '13

Major: Economics and Political Science

Minor: Leadership Studies, Honors Program

Additional Education: University of Michigan Law School (Class of 2016)

Current Job: Summer law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (2014).

Hometown: Marietta, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Forensics & Pi Kappa Delta, Band (Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble), Model UN, Moot Court, College Students for Common Sense

Favorite Professor: I honestly can’t pick one. I was going to list them, but since it was pretty much becoming a list of all the professors in several departments, I figured this was the simplest answer. All of my professors went so far above and beyond to help, encourage and get to know me that I would feel terrible singling one out above the others.

Education Abroad: Cambridge, UK (Summer 2012) at Emmanuel College of the University of Cambridge

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

As a local student, my original impulse was to get as far away from Marietta (the town) as possible. Taking classes through the PSEO program and my experience participating in several admission events changed my mind.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Winning first place alongside my debate partner (Nyssa Wilkerson) at the first annual James & Mabry O’Donnell Debate Tournament and celebrating with the team/alumni afterwards.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Busy. Engaging. And Fun. That could probably describe the life of a Marietta College student in any time period, but especially during the last few years while I was a student and, from what I hear, today. There are so many opportunities to be had and activities to be involved with and Marietta students tend to want to participate in all of them. I certainly sacrificed my share of sleep, but I can honestly say that it was worth every minute because the best thing about Marietta is that just as much education happens outside the classroom as inside it.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I don’t think I could list all of the ways I have used the education and experiences I had at Marietta College even in the brief time since I graduated. Whether it is using the critical thinking and problem solving skills I gained from a liberal arts education and close interactions with professors to complete Legal Writing assignments and law school exams, or using the public speaking skills I developed through speech and debate to advance to the elimination rounds of the first-year Oral Advocacy competition, Marietta College is what prepared me to handle the challenges of law school.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means daring to take advantage of every opportunity that you find, giving your whole self to whatever you do, and making a difference wherever you go.