Graduating Class: 2013
Majors: Political Science; International Studies; French
Involvement at SNC:
Study Abroad (Lille, France)
French Teaching Assistant
Admissions Office Student Representative
Occupation: Trade Policy Research Assistant, Agricultural Affairs Office at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
Location: Washington DC
Future plans: Continue working in Washington DC and see where the recently very active world of international trade policy takes me!
Post SNC update:
“Right after graduation I volunteered as a sustainable agriculture volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, fulfilling a dream of mine that developed while at SNC. I really enjoyed my time there integrating myself into a small Senegalese community, learning the local language called Jaxanke and hopefully making a small but positive impact. Unfortunately I had to cut my service short due to medical reasons that still to this day remain a bit of a medical mystery. After returning home, I worked with SNC's inaugural GAP Experience program as an assistant to Dr. Laura Fredrickson. It was a truly fantastic experience driving, hiking, and kayaking across the United States all while getting to know some of the SNC class of 2018. Shortly thereafter, I volunteered with AmeriCorps as a crew leader in Nevada doing wilderness restoration and maintenance in state and National Parks. My stint with AmeriCorps provided invaluable independence and leadership experience that I still tap into today. After AmeriCorps, I felt I had spent enough time away from academics and decided to move out to Washington DC to obtain my Masters in International Economic Relations from American University. I had never taken much in the way of economics courses at St. Norbert but I decided to jump in head first. I ended up liking it so much that I now work in international trade at USTR.
My time at SNC and in the Honors Program laid the foundation for many of the opportunities that came afterwards, in addition to instilling in me a commitment to public service. I'm still very close to the friends I made in Bergstrom Hall freshmen year (all of whom were also in the Honors Program), despite us being scattered near and far from SNC today. I'm thrilled to see an active and thriving Honors Program at St. Norbert and hope current students benefit from it as much as I have!”
We are so happy to have Jon as one of our Honors Program and SNC Alumni. We cannot wait to see where his exciting future takes him!