by Zaria Bonds, Class of 2019 on July 25, 2016
Millsaps College senior Tori Harrigill recently tackled the topic of climate change, and, in doing so, also learned about negotiation, goodwill, and statesmanship.
Harrigill presented policies concerning climate change to her peers attending the 2016 College Congress at the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky.
What stands out most for Harrigill about the week-long student Congress was learning to work with others to come to a mutual agreement.
“The main focus of the conference was to teach us how to best compromise as it was modeled off of the thinking of ‘The Great Compromiser’ Henry Clay,”’ said Harrigill, a Madison native who was nominated for the conference by Madison County Court Judge Will Longwitz. “It exposed me to many types of people and thinking. Due to this, I was able to learn how to work with several different types of people.”
Harrigill was the Mississippi representative at the student Congress that brought together 50 college students to learn the skills of public dialogue and leadership with the help of lawmakers, academics, journalists, and business leaders.
Students used a curriculum designed by the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, and capped off their time together with a debate in the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Students also toured the Ashland Estate (Henry Clay’s home), visited the Council for State Government’s national office, and participated in dinners and discussions.
The opportunity to attend the College Congress is just one of the opportunities that Harrigill has made the most of since she and her twin brother, Max, enrolled at Millsaps at age 16. Because both of her parents, Monica and Ray Harrigill, are alumni of Millsaps College and had always told her that she would attend Millsaps, Harrigill signed up to attend an Open Doors visit day. She wanted to form her own opinion about the College and see if it would be a good fit for her.
“When I was on campus for Open Doors, I fell in love with the people and the campus and truly felt at home, and the rest is history,” she said. “I've absolutely loved my time at Millsaps. I love all the people and the one-on-one interactions and relationships that I'm able to develop with each professor, even if I've never had them in class before. I also love how involved I'm able to be on campus and still maintain my GPA. I've loved my time at Millsaps and can't believe I'm a senior.”
Harrigill plans to earn a degree in accounting with a concentration in global studies, and a minor in psychology. After graduating from Millsaps in May 2017, she plans to obtain a Master of Accountancy at Millsaps and then sit for the CPA exam. She would like to work for a public accounting firm for several years, and then earn an MBA and a law degree.
She serves as the public relations officer for Beta Alpha Psi financial information honorary, the alumnae relations chair and public relations chair for Phi Mu Fraternity, writes for Stylus, Millsaps’ literary magazine, blogs for the Millsaps chapter of independent news outlet The Odyssey, and is a member of the Mock Trial Team.
During her senior year, Harrigill will continue to work in the Millsaps College Office of Admissions as a presidential ambassador, greeting and meeting prospective students and their parents. She will also continue to work at The Sunray Companies as an accounting intern.