Name: Jenna Maurer
Year: Class of 2015
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major: International Studies
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When I was a naive high school student, I thought that International Studies would be a good major for me because I enjoyed studying languages. I soon learned that International Studies is amazing not because you study a language but because it is an interdisciplinary major. This means that you get to study a variety of subjects including language, economics, political science, and history. Not only do you get to take classes in many different departments but you can choose any concentration you want in IS. I am personally pursuing a concentration in Environmental Studies and am able to take classes that can be used as distribution credit and used towards this concentration.
If you get a chance take a class with Professor Deudney, he is great! I took a class called Republicanism and loved it. He is a really good lecturer and if you have friends in the class and work in study groups before the exams to fill out the study guide it is really helpful. He has some extreme views that really make you think and has written some awesome books. I would also encourage Freshman to take freshman seminars that could give you history credits or other credits as well. As you matriculate past these freshmen seminars and continue to pursue International Studies you will realize all of the great things you could do with your life.
The people I know who are majoring in IS have a variety of aspirations. Personally I would like to do something with business. My minor is Entrepreneurship and Management and I had a great internship this past summer working within Corporate Strategy for a company called SAP. I am also a part of the professional business fraternity on campus, Alpha Kappa Psi, and there are many other International Studies majors in this group who also have a wide range of interests and goals. Those studying International Studies at Hopkins want to do things anywhere from becoming a diplomat to working for a non-profit organization to working at a large bank.
I would love to work in business and would love to work abroad for a few years. As I write this blog, I am actually sitting in my homestay in Barcelona where I am studying for the semester. Almost all of my friends studying International Studies have gone abroad or plan to go abroad during their junior or senior year. Although my experience has just started, I can already begin to feel my language skills in Spanish getting better. Therefore, I apologize if my English skills are getting worse and this entry is making no sense.
International Studies gives you a broad education that allows you to pursue just about anything. I suggest studying abroad for any amount of time to really get immersed in another culture, meet some awesome people, and see the beautiful sights. I also suggest just getting involved with anything that interests you and IS will provide you with an amazing base to get involved in just about anything._______________________________________________________________________________