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Global Studies Student & Alumni Stories

Nicole Kalitsi, BA Global Studies '20

Drexel Global Studies Student Nicole Kalitsi

  Degree:   BA Global Studies '20
>> Communications Consultant, Mercer
>> Project Assistant, European Network of Cultural Centers
>> Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
>> Congressional Intern, Office of Congressman Brendan Boyle

Most would agree that it’s rare for a college junior to know exactly what they want to do for work upon graduation, right down to which office of the State Department they’d be interested in joining. This is the case for fourth-year global studies student Nicole Kalitsi, who says Drexel University’s co-op program is responsible for her acute clarity.

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Anthony Perez, BA Global Studies '20

Drexel Global Studies Student Anthony Perez

  Degree:   BA Global Studies '20, Minor in Spanish
  Leadership Highlights:  
>> Educated high school football players about sexual and domestic violence
>> Coordinated community service initiatives in his fraternity as Director of Programming
>> Helped a Chilean NGO redefine and translate its mission for an English-speaking audience

Anthony Perez is an advocate for underserved populations. He’s written grants for nonprofit funding, worked as a human rights intern in Argentina, and helped raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. At his most recent co-op, he assisted immigrants and asylum seekers in attaining permanent residency and public benefits in the U.S.

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Sharee Devose, BA Global Studies '19

Drexel University Global Studies Student Sharee Devose

It feels almost like yesterday that I arrived in Washington, D.C., somewhat ready to take on the world of international broadcasting. I was excited on my first day, certainly, but I found it difficult still to believe that, of all people, I could have been chosen to be the first Drexel co-op at "Voice of America" (VOA), the official international broadcaster of the United States and the largest in the nation. The experience astounds me to this day.

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Adelola Popoola, BA Global Studies '19

Drexel University Global Studies Student Adelola Popoola

My Drexel experience in one word: adventurous. But when I first arrived at Drexel, I was overwhelmed by all that I could do here — and also a lot more reserved and shy than I am now. My Global Studies adviser, Kate Hughes, encouraged me to apply for a study abroad program in Brussels with the European Parliament. I loved every minute of it, and grew so much in just five months.

As an assistant to a Member of Parliament, I drafted declarations of her stance on copyright law and created a database of professionals affected by those laws, while also taking courses in Global Advocacy and French. I learned the importance of networking — eventually becoming comfortable enough to hand my business card to diplomats and ask them to share career advice over coffee.

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Chloe Humola, BA Global Studies '18

Drexel University Global Studies Student Chloe Humola

Chloe Humola has experience to match the breadth of her Global Studies major: environmental campaigning with a local nonprofit, applying peace and negotiation frameworks in Jordan, trying out the corporate world at an international law firm. With coursework and co-ops spanning the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the U.S., Humola has pulled "bits and pieces from everything," and discovered a new appreciation for the link between urban development and human rights.

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Caitlin Walczyk, BA Global Studies & Political Science '18

Drexel University Global Studies and Political Science Student Caitlin Walzcyk

In the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, Caitlin Walczyk practiced her Russian in cab rides across the city of Almaty. In those conversations with locals, the double major in global studies and political science became intrigued by the relationship between language and cultural identity. Her experiences sparked a research project that would crisscross Central Asia and form the basis of both her senior thesis and her application for a Fulbright scholarship.

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Farrah Rahaman, BA Global Studies & BA Art History '17

This article appeared in the 2015 issue of the College of Arts and Sciences' Ask magazine.

Drexel University Global Studies Alumni Farrah Rahaman

“I’m predisposed to having a deep-rooted interest in international issues,” says Farrah Rahaman, a junior double majoring in Art History and Global Studies with a concentration in Justice and Human Rights. At 21 years of age, the undergrad has been to Guatemala, Madrid, Haiti and Peru, and has spent her spring and summer breaks writing alongside leading Haitian poets, volunteering as an English teacher, and studying international development up close.

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Rebecca Olsho, BA Global Studies '16

Drexel University Global Studies Alumni Rebecca Olsho

At age twelve, she traveled solo to Germany to visit a former exchange student. At seventeen, she spent her junior year of high school abroad in France. Those early travels fueled her passion and led her to Drexel, to the Global Studies major, where she continued to fill her passport as she explored the world through co-op, research and study abroad.

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Maggie Deptola, BA International Area Studies ’13

Maggie Deptola - Drexel Global Studies

This article appeared in the 2018 issue of the College of Arts and Sciences' Ask magazine.

A drive to address economic inequalities — and a less-than- engaging high school experience — led Maggie Deptola to Coded by Kids, a local nonprofit that aspires to make technology education accessible to all middle and high school students. Her work caught the eye of professional networking giant LinkedIn, which featured Deptola in its #InItTogether campaign. Her likeness has since been featured on billboards throughout Philadelphia and even in a commercial that aired during the 2018 Winter Olympics — a fitting nod to her Olympian determination to transform education.

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Andrew Damron, BA Global Studies '09

Drexel University Global Studies Alumni Andrew Damron

This article appeared in the 2015 issue of the College of Arts and Sciences' Ask magazine.

“Why are you afraid to go home?” he asked.

Without speaking, the two children answered in unison, lifting their shirts to reveal raw, pink scars stretching like spider webs across their torsos. It is an image that will haunt Andrew Damron, JD, forever.

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