Class of 2008
Master of Arts, International Development;
NGO Advisor - Peace Corps
Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas
After receiving an HC History degree in 2009, I went to the University of Denver to study International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. My history knowledge, particularly as it applied to politics and world events, was a significant attribute to my success at DU. I also served as a research assistant with the human trafficking clinic. Having a good understanding of the migrant worker, reservation life, and immigrant life also helped establish a healthy foundation for research and critiques.
While in Denver I also worked as an after-school program coordinator at a refugee magnet school. Having an academic background rich in social sciences was beneficial to getting the job as I was able to better understand the refugee experience and relate to both community members and partners.
After graduating with an MA in March 2011, I am now headed (destination still unknown) to the Peace Corps this summer. I will serve as an NGO advisor (to what degree is also uncertain).
Studying history at HC was valuable as the small class size and diverse classes helped me better understand complex issues, develop critical thought, and form a clearer worldview-even from a classroom in Central Nebraska. Classes that I found particularly eye-opening: "Women of the West" and "The History of Anglo-Saxons/Old English."