Empowered by her global perspectives and leadership rooted in service, Theominique Nottage ‘09 returned to her hometown of Nassau, Bahamas after studying at Queen Mary University of London as a Chevening Scholar in 2015. Her time at Le Moyne was funded by the Gerace Research Centre Scholarship (formerly The Bahamas Field Station Scholarship) a competitive grant sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology for students studying in the U.S. As a counsel and attorney-at-law in the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, she uses the interdisciplinary skills she learned as an undergrad while handling a variety of civil litigation cases requiring a broad knowledge base and sharp analytical skills.
Why did you choose Le Moyne College? What did you love about Le Moyne?
I loved that Le Moyne was a small liberal arts college that followed the Jesuit tradition. I was raised Roman Catholic and I really appreciated receiving my education in this environment. Besides this, Le Moyne offered excellent funding and my entire undergraduate education there was funded by the Gerace Research Centre Scholarship then known as The Bahamas Field Station Scholarship. Le Moyne also offered excellent opportunities for leadership as I was a member of the LEAD learning community and served as Vice President of both POWER and the International Students Club. Both the administration and faculty support went above and beyond in that there was open communication and ease of contact. Dr. J. Barron Boyd and Dr. Elizabeth Hayes were among my mentors while I was on the Heights and even today their advice and words of wisdom have remained with me and continue to influence my career decisions. I loved that Le Moyne completely supported its students and provided an education that was based not only on the liberal arts, but also on service leadership.
How has a liberal arts education helped you in your career path?
As a Counsel and Attorney-at-Law I am able to specifically reflect on what I was taught through the Integral Honors program and what has helped me in my career path. For instance, the Integral Honors program focused on religion, philosophy and history, and it developed my critical thinking and analytical skills in such a way where I excelled in law school as these skills are essential for the same. There is no doubt in my mind that my undergraduate education at Le Moyne contributed significantly in preparing me for my career path which has also led to my selection as a 2015 Chevening Scholar.
What were you involved in on campus that meant the most to you?
While on the Heights, I was a member of the LEAD learning community which afforded me the opportunity to act as a tutor in the Springfield Gardens after school program. I also served as Vice President of POWER and the International Students Club.
I was also a member of International Club through which I participated in Model United Nations and Harvard National Model United Nations.
Notwithstanding my involvement in extracurricular activities, my most memorable experience was my semester abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Not only was I able to improve my Spanish, but I also was able to immerse myself immediately the culture of Spain and developed my independence.
What does a "typical" day look like for you in your current job?
Every day is different. At the moment, I'm in Civil Litigation and its really surprising how many initiate legal proceedings against the government. For instance, I have dealt with medical negligence matters, police matters, trade union matters and judicial review.
Some days are spent in Court, other days are spent researching matters. Although every day is different, each day continues to be a learning experience. And I love my job!
Do you have any advice for current students?
My advice to current students is to enjoy every moment and to take advantage of every opportunity to excel and to learn.