"Growing up in a small rural town gave me a strong incentive to learn more about the world. WOU's political science program and staff helped to encourage my budding curiousity about the world and with that encouragment I studied abroad for a semester in my junior year. This fantastic experience in Italy led to a master's program at the University of Edinburgh to study international politics after graduation. Now I am pursuing a career in international education to help facilitate international experienes for likeminded students, thanks to my teachers at Western who gave me a nudge out the door.

Btw, the above photo is my first time having soba noodles in Tokyo."

Derek Olsen '11 | Political science major | Social science minor