Middlebury Voices

Peter Kiley-Bergen knows exactly what he wants to do after he graduates from Middlebury. “I plan to attend law school so I can learn how to use our legal system to affect policy and better people’s lives,” he says.


Hometown: Averill Park, N.Y.

Major/minor: Economics/Political Science

Extracurricular activities: Student government;
writing tutor; admissions tour guide

Study-abroad location: Catholic University of Africa,
Yaoundé, Cameroon

Internship: Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Plan for after graduation: Attend law school

Career goal: Help to close the opportunity gap in America.

Like many first-year students, Peter Kiley-Bergen ’16 was a little overwhelmed when he arrived at Middlebury. “The workload was an enormous adjustment from high school,” he says. “I was intimidated in those first weeks. But my professors really helped me, and my classmates, too. They all wanted me to rise to the challenge and do well. Now I feel I have found a good groove.”

An economics major from upstate New York, Peter has become not only a confident and successful student, but a campus leader, as well. He serves as the student senator representing Cook Commons in the Student Government Association; he spends one evening a week tutoring fellow students who need to work on their writing skills; and he’s a tour guide for the admissions office. “I really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for Middlebury with prospective students and their families,” he observes.

“My desire to attend law school stems from my belief that a society’s legal framework has the powerful potential to produce positive change. Middlebury has helped me to develop that perspective.”

—Peter Kiley-Bergen '16     


Last summer, Peter worked as an intern at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in Lexington, an experience that reinforced his interest in studying economics and becoming a lawyer. “My background at a rural public school and my exposure to students who represent vastly different levels of privilege here at Middlebury have inspired my career ambitions,” he explains. “I would like to work at closing the opportunity gap in America. Ultimately, I would like to be an agent of empowerment for those who lack many of the resources that would, for example, enable them to prepare their children for a place like Middlebury College.”

Peter is keenly aware that he has been empowered by the concern and generosity of others. “I could not have come to Middlebury without financial aid,” he observes. “I have been told that you can measure your success in life by the number of people you have made successful along the way. My success at Middlebury is due
in part to the support of many generous donors to the College, and they have my utmost gratitude.
They are underwriting my efforts to become the very best person I can be.”