Alumni Tale: Crystal Tully ’05

What did you study at UNH?

Political Science

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Working in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator John E. Sununu.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Managing the Washington federal legislative affairs shop for a large cable company.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Clerking at the FTC and FCC during law school and serving as the director of legislative affairs for a mobile wireless trade association.

What are you doing now?

Serving as policy advisor/counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH set the career I enjoy today in motion. My professors encouraged debate in class, which helped me uncover a passion I never knew I had before college. New Hampshire has such a unique political landscape and with the nation’s first primary, UNH offered opportunities to get involved in student political groups, exit poll during local elections, and even work on a presidential campaign. I can’t imagine a better setting for anyone interested political science. The hands-on experience I gained at UNH helped me land my first job in Washington that has since led me to a successful career in telecommunications law and public policy.

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH helped me unlock my potential. Not unlike many new college students, I didn’t have a definitive career path in mind. I felt like so many of my peers – including my freshmen year roommate – had some fancy scholarship to pay for their nursing or engineering degree. These students knew where they would be in five years. It was intimidating. I always enjoyed social studies in high school, but I didn’t know if I could cultivate a professional career from this interest alone. I changed my major from English to Political Science sophomore year and decided to give it a shot. My experience at UNH through student interest groups, Greek life, and involvement in local politics showed me I could do what made me happy if I continued to explore my interests and try new things.