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Marie Leming

Class of 2016
International Studies (Regional Concentration: Europe); French
Hansard Scholars Programme, London, UK, Spring 2014

(in conjunction with the London School of Economics)


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Hometown:  Bucks County, PA (bucolic valleys with covered bridges and Norman Rockwellian town centers)

What so far has been your favorite tradition or memory at WC?

Puppy day! Chestertown neighbors bring their dogs to campus during finals week to break the tension. Interacting with the community is a positive experience. 

Why did you choose your major?

Extensive international travel in my adolescence fueled in me a passion for travel, but not necessarily an interest in International Relations (IR), though I considered it as a future course of study. During this consideration process, I attended a pre-college seminar on IR two summers before enrolling at Washington College. At the seminar I anticipated learning of theories and reading about current events and the like. The course was much different than I’d expected. An economics professor taught us, so the coursework was economics heavy … not what any of us expected. But as the course moved forward, I began to grasp how complicated International Relations are and the complex issues driving the various degrees of involvement in world crises. I realized that a web of delicate threads holds the world’s systems together, and I knew that I wanted to dedicate the majority of my life to studying the various ways we can affect International Relations and ensure positive outcomes.

Why did you choose Washington College?

I was impressed by the students at WC. They best represented themselves and the college and I felt that was a reflection of Washington College’s professors and learning environment.

What are your plans post-graduation from WC?

I am proud to say that I haven’t decided yet; I remain open-minded. The #SOLIDPLAN would be to acquire a job that affords me the opportunity to serve my country and our allies, and also attend graduate school.