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Kate Mescher

Student Ambassador

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Email: Kate Mescher

Graduation year

  • 2023

Major

  • International Studies

Hometown

  • Centerville, Ohio

What do you love most about UD?

I love how UD is designed to set up their students for success after graduation. Getting involved is highly stressed. There are tons of ways to participate in internships, research positions, on-campus jobs and leadership in clubs. Many different opportunities are offered to help students gain experience. These experiences allow students to learn a variety of skills. I love how accessible involvement is for gaining experience at UD.

Favorite class at UD and why?

My favorite class at UD has been HST 386, China in Revolution. I loved the class because it was unlike anything I had taken before. All other history classes I have taken have focused on the U.S. and its role in historical events. We learned about revolutions in China in the 20th century, and this course expanded my worldview. It was highly informative to study history from that area of the world through a lens that the people from the time and place would have used, instead of an American lens. It changed my way of thinking, and I learned so much in an enjoyable way. The readings were chosen wonderfully and class discussion was always thought-provoking.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at UD?

  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Physics lab teacher's assistant
  • Student employment intern

Why did you choose UD?

I chose UD for a few different reasons. I loved the idea of their Discover programs, and I am glad I took part in Discover Arts because it led to me a major that I think is perfect for me that I might not have considered otherwise. I also liked the family atmosphere at UD. There is a reason that it is common for students' parents to have gone here, or for multiple siblings to be here at once. I also found that UD offers many generous scholarships.

What do you like most about your major?

I love having many options of the types of classes I can take for international studies. My concentration is migration and economic development, and those courses overlap with different possible minors. I love the way all the classes fit together and allow for a great understanding of the field in relation to other concepts.

What piece of your academic journey has you most prepared to begin a career after graduation?

I took part in an internship at Catholic Social Services on their refugee resettlement team. I found out about this opportunity through my major. The internship was valuable for my academic journey by allowing me to experience working in an office with a team, along with clients in the community. This experience connects to many of the classes that I have taken. I could see real life scenarios that apply to concepts and history that I have learned about. I feel more prepared to begin a career in the future and the experience helped me learn many skills.