“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 curiosity about the world and with that encouragement 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 experiences for like-minded students, thanks to my teachers at Western who gave me a nudge out the door.
Btw, the photo (to the right) is my first time having soba noodles in Tokyo.”
Derek Olson ’11 | Political science major | Social science minor