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2014 Winter Linfield Magazine

1 8 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Winter 2014 Three students, three paths Three different paths taken. Three different experiences. Three different outcomes. For Joe Gladow ’14, two internships through a national program opened doors and helped develop his future goals. For Erin Lasher ’14, a semester abroad led to self-discovery. For Jacob Priester ’14, the values he learned through football have allowed him to excel on the field, in the classroom and in the theatre. These students shared their experience with members of the Board of Trustees and major donors at the President’s Circle dinner on campus in November. Their common thread is Linfield and the power not just of a small college, but the broad experience of the liberal arts. These are just three brief stories. There are at least 2,527 more. Kemper Scholar I have had a variety of experiences at Linfield. I’ve taken classes in multiple disciplines, run cross country and track for three years, and spent a semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador. Linfield is one of the 14 liberal arts colleges across the country in the Kemper Scholars program. I was fortunate to be selected as a Kemper Scholar, which allowed me to complete two internships: one at the mayor’s office in Chicago and one at DHM Research, a public opinion research firm in Portland. At the Chicago mayor’s office, I worked in a “think tank” with 25 graduate students. We worked in groups and were assigned to research potential new programs and policies for the city. My second day on the job, I was assigned to develop a program to attract better teachers to Chicago Public Schools. The four people I worked with were all in master’s programs or pursuing law degrees from Harvard, Princeton, University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. I was pretty intimidated and I didn’t say a whole lot that first meeting. Yet, as time went on and I developed more confidence, I began to contribute more to the meetings and a fair share of my ideas ended up in the final projects. Over the course of 10 weeks I developed more confidence in my ability to interact with people who are older and have more experience, and to use my skills and insights to contribute to group projects. These experiences have given me the confidence to interact with professionals and effectively use the abilities I’ve developed at Linfield to contribute to an organization. Before my internships, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Now I am considering careers in public policy or political consulting. I am thankful to Linfield for providing me access to these experiences and for giving me the education and skills that have allowed me to take full advantage of each one. Joe Gladow ’14 International relations major


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