Meghan Reidy, Class of 2017
I’m originally from Carmel, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. I got my undergraduate degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana after spending four years trying and largely failing to pick between studying music performance, anthropology, political science, German, and history. Convinced by a year spent studying abroad in Münster, I eventually chose German, picked up minors in music and history, and worked on an interdisciplinary project in landscape architecture developing a tablet app to educate middle school students about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. That was still not focused enough for me, though, so I spent the year after my graduation in Berlin as an English Teaching Assistant for grades 7-12 through the Fulbright US Student Program and taking classes in Russian and American Public Diplomacy while trying to decide how, if at all, to combine all my interests into one clear educational and career path.
Enter MAGES. I chose the MAGES program because it seemed to offer me a combination of interests that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Here at Georgetown, I am able to study German and European politics against the backdrop of culture and history while using my hard-won language skills. The degree I’m getting can be whatever I want it to be—I love the flexibility in choosing interdisciplinary electives to supplement the core curriculum. I knew I wanted to come here to study when I found a copy of the courses offered online—I wanted to take all of them! Right now, I’m considering pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies (for more information about the different certificates offered by the Walsh School of Foreign Service, click here) and taking language competency exams in German and Spanish or Russian. My career goal is to work for the Department of State, preferably in Educational and Cultural Affairs because my passions lie in academic and cultural exchange between the United States and Germany.