Holly Belkot '13
International Studies—Developing World Studies, History
Center for Civic Engagement Intern, Public Relations Chairwoman for Sigma Kappa Sorority, Honors Program, African History Teaching Assistant, Student Mentor, and former SGA liaison, O-Team Leader and SPLASH Mentor.
Why I chose Susquehanna:
I chose SU for its size, campus, and the possibility to have a close-knit community of fellow students, professors and staff members.
My academic interests:
I have an intense interest in International cultures, politics, and people, and the history behind it all. It was an easy choice to double major because the two programs are so intertwined that they naturally fell together to create a double major.
Plans after Susquehanna:
I have been accepted into the Peace Corps to work in Public Health for two years of service after graduation. I have also applied for a Fulbright Grant to teach English in Macau for a years as alternative to Peace Corps, as well as looking into graduate school.
My dream job:
To work for the United Nations, specifically regarding women and education in developing nations.
My Global Opportunities (GO) Experience:
I studied for a semester in the Gambia. I loved the opportunity presented to me as a student to go a non-traditional place, West Africa, for five months. When people asked me about my decision to go on such a non-traditional study abroad my response was always, "When am I ever going to have this opportunity again? The answer was really never, so how could I say no?
I learned that the world is a fascinating place filled with amazing people and places and that we are all intimately connected to one another.
Meaningful Faculty Connection:
Dr. Fourshey has been my advisor, professor, travel companion, and go-to person at Susquehanna. She has been my academic advisor since freshman year as well as the director of my study abroad in the Gambia. I have been lucky enough to have her as my mentor.
When I came to SU I wanted to form bonds with my professors. While that has happened with many, Dr. Fourshey has gone above and beyond the role of professor or advisor. She has informed me and guided me through my college years academically, personally, and professionally. I would not be the student or person I am today without her.
You are pulled in a million directions—clubs, friends, class, and everything in between. There is a balance to it all, but once you find it, it can be hard to keep. I’ve learned to say no to some things so that I can focus on what I can do well and not just what I can do for the sake of doing it.
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