Elizabeth Loiselle

Class of 2015
Major/Minor: International Relations & Hispanic Studies / Economics & Latin American Studies

Take advantage of opportunities and create a unique experience for yourself - go do more. It is incredible the impact that it will have.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

My liberal arts education showed me how to be flexible and to be open to learning about topics I had never considered taking courses on. This has influenced my career because as I am developing as a professional, I am open to becoming cross-trained and having more than one expertise or role. I also was not expecting to join a technology company, but because I have an open mind and took the time to learn about the company, I saw that it fit my personality and goals. I work for a company that provides software solutions for nonprofits and as a consultant, I have the opportunity to travel, meet new people, use creativity, and make a true impact on others - all goals I had while applying for jobs and are now things I am able to do. 

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

This is a tough question! All faculty members at Washington College had some sort of positive impact on me, especially because it is such a tight knit community. One example is how when I entered college I did not expect to touch economics with a 10 foot pole, but I had to take it for my major. I wound up really enjoying economics as a subject but also because Dr.Scott, Dr.Meyers, and Dr.Daniels were amazing professors. Dr.Scott was the first professor I had, and his energy, passion, and humor that he brought every day to class sold me on sticking with econ as a minor. Dr.Wade also had a significant impact on me. I had one course with her towards the end of my undergrad experience and I wish I had taken more. I loved how she challenged students, the way she held confidence with herself, and the encouragement she provided. She is a great role model, and without her I would not have pushed the boundaries as much as I was able to with my senior thesis and with my myself. (Thank you all!)

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

It is not really a memory, but consists of the opportunities Washington College gave me to do more than sit in a classroom.

I was able to live in Washington DC for 8 months participating in two internship/academic seminars. I also studied abroad in Argentina, conducted a research project on my own in Chile, and became fluent in Spanish. In result, I met so many amazing people who impact me to this day and these experiences led to my big milestone of graduating early in 2014.

I was only on campus for one and a half years, I did not have to have the typical college experience which made me love my time at WAC. 

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