Hailey Von Dross '20

Major: Global Studies (Pre-Law Emphasis)
Minors: Political Science and Public Health

Why this major?

I chose this major to experience an interdisciplinary curriculum. I was seeking an outlet to explore my love of people and I was curious to learn more about the effects of globalization. 

What is your career objective?

I plan to attend an MBA program with an international business emphasis and then attend law school with the hope of a career concentrated in international law.

How has what you’ve learned in your courses so far prepared you for your future?

My courses have prepared me for the interconnectedness of our world. By taking courses in various disciplines like political science, public health, sociology, history, religion and religious studies, I have learned valuable insights into human behavior, political theories, international and domestic policy, international relations and culture.

Have you had opportunities to work closely with Carroll faculty?

The small class sizes and personal attention from Carroll faculty has allowed me to form relationships with every professor I have had the pleasure of being taught by. After taking SOC311: Methods of Social Research, I had the honor of working one-on-one with Dr. Jennifer Huck on a Pioneer Scholar research grant. Dr. Huck saw my passion in the classroom and found a way for me to apply it after the course had ended. The summer research was so rewarding that I asked to complete an independent study with Dr. Huck during the spring of 2019. By taking the time to know me, Dr. Huck made me feel valued and motivated me to apply what I have learned in the classroom in unique ways.

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your education at Carroll?

The most memorable assignment I have had during my education at Carroll took place in SOC311: Methods of Social Research. Dr. Huck’s class focused on preparing students to conduct scholarly research. A final paper was assigned so that students could demonstrate proficiency in writing a literature review, a research question, hypotheses and a methodology section of a research paper. Additionally, students were asked to define variables, a mode of collection and the sample from which their research was to take place. I learned how to write an effective paper from this class and developed a passion for research. This class pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone, to reexamine how I learn and to think critically.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be very involved on campus. With the encouragement of Carroll students, faculty and staff, I have been able to take on various leadership roles within several organizations including Student Senate, Greek Life, InterVarsity, and Colleges Against Cancer. My passion for student development and the Carroll experience has led me to work in Residence Life and Housing, along with being a Student Alumni Ambassador. Additionally, having flexibility in my coursework has allowed me to explore other areas of study. Through this exploring, I have found excitement in learning about political science and public health. I do not feel that any other institution, nor any other program, would have given me the extent of freedom that I have experienced within Carroll’s global studies major.

What would you say to someone considering global studies?

I would tell a prospective student that majoring in global studies has helped me find my place in the world. I have become well-versed in current affairs and, more importantly, I understand why our global political climate is the way that it is.

How has financial aid made a difference in your life?

I have been blessed to received several scholarships throughout my time at Carroll. There are truly not enough words to state the significance these scholarships have in my life. Receiving financial aid means that I do not have to worry as much about affording school and I can focus my attention on my academic, professional and social involvements.

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

My favorite place to study on campus is in Stone Creek Coffee, located in the library. I love seeing students interact with one another on the way to class, in meetings and while studying. It certainly
doesn’t hurt that coffee is only a few feet away!

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