Maddy Landa ’24 Majors: International Studies and Political Science Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies Concentration: International Global Studies
Maddy Landa is from Richmond, VA. She had this to say about why she chose CofC, “I never saw myself going to the College of Charleston as a high school senior. My parents are both graduates, so I applied because I loved the city. However, as I did more research about the school, I quickly found myself falling in love. The programs offered here are exceptional, especially within my fields of interest. I was promised one on one mentorship and an inclusive environment filled with professionals who would do their best to make my experience meaningful. CofC has most certainly delivered on that promise!”
When asked why she chose the International Scholars program she explained, “International Scholars was one of my biggest pull factors to CofC. I could find no other program that was as intensive and offered as many amazing experiences as this program! To begin with, we are given mentorship that rivals that of Ivy League schools. My mentor, Karen Mroz, is an invaluable connection to have and I have loved my experience working with her! Also, an all expenses paid trip to Greece is certainly an experience that not many other schools can boast. We are given the unique opportunity to use the vast CofC network to broaden our horizons as students and learn about cultures, world politics, etc. in hands-on ways that really build the foundation for our future careers.”
After graduation she wants to go into the Peace Corps and then enter into nonprofit work supporting womens’ education in Latin America.
Grace Kern ’23
Majors: International Studies and Political Science
Grace Kern is from Fort Mill, SC. She chose CofC because loves the city of Charleston, and was excited by the opportunity to join the Honors College here at CofC and to engage in exciting courses with small class sizes. She had this to say when asked why she chose the International Scholars program, “I already knew that I was interested in studying International Studies, and the International Scholars Program provided me with the opportunity to combine these studies with other interests of mine, all while gaining access to an amazing mentorship program. I was also excited to meet other internationally-minded students at the College; I have met some of my closest friends through the International Scholars Program!” And since being accepted into the program she has learned, “that there are many skills and traits that are important for a career in international affairs that extend beyond the things that you can learn in a classroom. Open-mindedness, flexibility, compassion, and strong communication skills can serve you just as well, if not better, than class content.” After graduation she plans to work for an international nonprofit that focuses on education and women/girls rights followed by joining the U.S. Foreign Service.
Emilia Olson ‘22 Majors: International Studies and Public Health Concentration: Latin America & the Caribbean
“I’m from Charleston, SC. I chose CofC because of the liberal art education and ample study abroad opportunities. I also was attracted to the International Scholars Program and the Charleston Fellows Program through the Honors College. I chose International Scholars because I am interested in global health and I wanted to have a diverse education about global issues and solutions. I have enjoyed the cohort experience, study abroad in Estonia, and mentorship opportunities. I have been able to study abroad in five countries across five continents, in part, because of the International Scholars Program. I’ve also been able to engage deeply with faculty and peers in the department. After college I plan on completing a masters in Global Health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and then attend medical school. Ultimately, I would like to work as a physician in Humanitarian Aid.”