Published on November 23, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
Hannah Maynor
Hannah Maynor

Graduating Samford University political science major Hannah Maynor will head into an unexpectedly transformed world of graduate education this December, but with confidence that she is prepared to meet its challenges. “Even in the midst of applying to and choosing a law school, when change is imminent and specifics are uncertain, I feel equipped to pursue my dreams,” she said. “Knowing without doubt that there are people supporting me along the way has made all the difference.”

“For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be an attorney or, one day,  maybe even sit on the bench,” Maynor said as she transitioned from her undergraduate study to law school. “It was here in the Political Science Department, though, that people like Dr. [Marissa] Grayson helped me turn those lifelong dreams into something achievable. The support, opportunities, and guidance here have helped me realize passions for criminal justice reform, political mobilization and education policy.”

An internship with the Birmingham Education Foundation, service on Samford’s Student Judiciary Council and as captain of the university’s Mock Trial Team also helped her create a custom career path beyond the requirements for her degree. “What I've learned has not been strictly academic, and the personal growth that I have experienced as a result of my Samford experience is invaluable to me,” Maynor said. “I feel much more prepared for my future, and much more sure of my goals.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.