Tyla Potvin ‘14 admits to being a goal-oriented person, and it is clear she knows what she wants. A graduate of Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, after two years at QVCC she is transferring to the University of Connecticut to major in political science and economics, join ROTC, complete a master’s degree in public administration, and leave Storrs as a commissioned officer in the Air Force.
She also plans to run for public office after college, an interest that was sparked in part by the legislative internship, where she worked with Rep. Jan Giegler of the 138th District and Rep. Richard Smith of the 108th District. Whether writing support for grants, responding to constituent inquiries or problems, doing research, or tracking bills, Potvin was immersed in the legislative process, getting an insider’s view of how Connecticut government works. At 19, she recently became the youngest member of the Killingly Republican Town Committee.
A dean’s list student and member of Phi Theta Kappa, Potvin received an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, with high honors, on May 29. She said her success at QVCC “can be measured through my achievements in the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom, including my involvement in Student Government Association and other service learning projects. I could not have had a better college experience thus far.”
Potvin said she is not the typical community college student because she finished her liberal arts degree in four semesters, and she praised the quality of education offered at QVCC. “Over the last two years my experience, education, and opportunities at QVCC have far exceeded my initial expectations,” she explained.
“QVCC opened so many doors for me,” said Potvin, who recently received the Ryan S. Doyle Scholarship and, along with the other interns, a citation for outstanding work from Governor Malloy. “The professors, staff, my peers, and the QVCC Foundation have impacted me in so many profound ways, and for that I will be forever grateful.”