Editors Note: This is the third in a series of four All-Pennsylvania Academic Team student profiles.
by Whitney L. Etter
Serving treasurer and vice president of the West Campus Student Government Association (SGA), president of the Political Science Club, vice president of the Pre-Law Club, and vice president of the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, Montgomery County Community College 2012 graduate Brian Gallie is no stranger to leadership.
“I enjoy being a part of planning functions for which the whole student body can benefit,” Gallie said. “These experiences will help to prepare me for my future occupation in the areas of leadership and team work.”
Gallie’s stellar academic performance and community and civic engagement earned him a spot on the Pennsylvania Commission for Community College’s All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. He views this honor, along with leadership experience, as skill-building opportunities for a future career in law.
“Being responsible for others helps me to be more understanding and diplomatic when it comes to dealing with everyday situations,” he notes. “I have had to make decisions for a group, while still being fair to everyone in the group. I need to consider everyone’s point of view.”
Gallie is especially thankful for the financial assistance he’s been able to secure – namely the Pottstown Industrial Complex Scholarship through the College’s Foundation.
“The scholarship has given me a better outlook on life and encouraged me to keep pushing on to succeed,” he said, citing that keeping a high grade point average is the single most important aspect of being a successful student.
He also earned the Brian Brendlinger Award for Leadership and Involvement during the Student Awards Banquet on May 14 leading up to Commencement.
After graduating with an associate’s degree in political science, Gallie plans on attending West Chester University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science, and eventually law school.