Newsletter Written by Mac Students
After Mac: Watson Fellow, Pickering Fellow
In my first year at Mac, I went to a lecture about the Darfur crisis given by an alumnus working for the U.S. Foreign Service—and found what I want to do with my life. It was as if my interests in politics, African and Middle Eastern studies, learning new languages, and traveling converged: I want to work for the U.S. State Department.
“Macalester’s rigorous academics and global learning environment have given me the knowledge and experience I need to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.”
Since that day, Macalester has given me numerous opportunities to work toward my dream. Through connections in the Twin Cities, I interned at the Center for Victims of Torture and volunteered with refugees and immigrant youth organizations. Seeing my peers excel encouraged me to take risks and apply for prestigious fellowships. My sophomore year, I was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Tunisia over the summer.
That same year, I was awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which provides support for my undergraduate and graduate studies and culminates in my working for the State Department. Since then, I have been awarded a Watson Fellowship through which I am studying the experience of people with disabilities in Sierra Leone, Uganda, New Zealand, Thailand and Jordan.
Coming from an immigrant family, I always desired to learn more about the cultures of my heritage and to understand the situations that necessitated my family’s coming to America. Not only have I learned about these, I am confident that Macalester’s rigorous academics and global learning environment have given me the knowledge and experience I need to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.