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Tara-Marie Lynch is not only a triple major, but she also is a resident assistant, teaching assistant, tutor and president of the College Republicans.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Commencement 2012 profile: Tara-Marie Lynch
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For Tara-Marie Lynch, being a part of a volleyball team that won two intramural championships is just as important as her numerous academic and campus-life accomplishments.
“I’m competitive,” she said. “For me to go from working hard on an essay to playing a championship game in volleyball is something that I really enjoy.”
It is that kind of determination and dedication that has made Lynch excel in and out of the classroom. A triple-major in economics, political science and international political economy from Woodbury, Conn., Lynch chose Binghamton University over the University of Miami.
“I loved the campus and I loved how diverse the student body was,” she said. “It’s a big campus, but I felt confident I would be able to make the connections with faculty that I would’ve at a smaller school.”
One connection Lynch made right away was with Jill Seymour, associate director of Harpur Academic Advising. Seymour remembers meeting Lynch as a freshman and seeing “this intricately mapped out four-year program that included her triple majors, plans for internships and study aboard … every semester mapped out including summers.
“It was color-coded and unbelievably detailed,” Seymour said. “My first thought was ‘This poor kid has no grasp of reality.’ Was I ever wrong. She accomplished all of her goals and more.”
A triple major with a minor in Spanish would be enough of a challenge for many students. But Lynch devoted herself to many aspects of campus life, including three years as a resident assistant in Mountainview.
“It’s offered me many opportunities to get to know people, reach out to people and serve as a resource to others,” Lynch said. “I feel like my involvement on campus is infectious to others and I can show people how great it is to get involved. There is so much to do.”
Lynch’s other activities include tutoring students in economics and Spanish for the past three years and serving as a teaching assistant in the Economics Department.
“I like learning, so helping others learn and understand material on a more personal level is something that’s been really rewarding,” she said.
She is also the first female president of the campus College Republicans and worked as an intern to Campus Photographer Jonathan Cohen in the spring semester.
How does Lynch find the time for everything? It’s a question she is constantly asked.
“I want to do all of this,” she said. “What allows me to do these things is that I love what I am doing. I was asked: ‘So you really enjoy writing three honors thesis?’ Yes, I genuinely enjoy what I do on campus.”
Lynch has also enjoyed studying abroad. She spent the summer of 2010 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain and has also visited France and Switzerland.
Her love of international experiences stemmed from her family hosting Spanish exchange students for five straight summers while she was young.
“That opened my eyes to the world being bigger than my small neighborhood in Connecticut,” said Lynch, who also traveled to Spain as a 16-year-old exchange student. “It was the first time I was exposed to different cultures and languages.”
That international experience came in handy when Lynch received an internship in the summer of 2011 with the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, where she worked with diplomats in the economic and commercial training division. Earlier in the summer, she interned at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street.
Seymour believes that Lynch is the kind of student who be back at Binghamton University years from now to receive an honorary degree and speak at Commencement.
“In my 30-plus years of advising students I have had only a handful who can match Tara-Marie intellectually,” Seymour said. “But that is only a part of her specialness as a student. Her energy and enthusiasm for learning are infectious and she shares that enthusiasm and excitement with anyone with whom she connects − staff, faculty and her fellow students.”
Lynch wants to attend graduate school in the next five years, but prefers to get work experience after graduating. A “dream job” would combine international relations and marketing, she said.
Choosing Binghamton University was “one of the best decisions of my life,” Lynch said. Working with people such as Seymour and having Harpur College Dean Donald Nieman as an advisor are among the many things that have made her college years memorable, she added.
“For me, it’s been a collection of memorable experiences,” she said. “I think the journey here has shaped who I am as a graduating senior and who I will be as I grow older.”