That extra Gettysburg effort will push your development as an individual

By Kelsey Meisch ‘17

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Photo courtesy of the Eisenhower Institute

Gettysburg taught me to communicate. I was always a talker, and my parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and everyone always made sure that I knew this fact. But I learned how to communicate effectively at Gettysburg.

I probably wrote a minimum of one or two essays per week. Crafting an argument and considering the dissenting opinion were uniform interactions that I expected from my classmates. I was challenged in my philosophies, encouraged to probe my curiosities and pushed to convey my ideas thoughtfully at Gettysburg, which have been necessities to my post-collegiate life.

I received my Bachelors of Art degree in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies in May 2017. As a student, I broadened my communication skills, research capabilities, patience, and, more specifically, my understanding of the United States government.

In my current job, I work and speak with Federal employees, so I have come to realize how pivotal those long nights in the library were to my future success. I spent endless hours articulating every sentence perfectly for an essay or memorizing every historical event in every time period ever. Moreover, the many meetings with Debate Society, Model United Nations, and The Eisenhower Institute paved the foundations of my ability to research issues and be cognizant of an ever-evolving political atmosphere — and am now best able to assist Federal employees in my day-to-day job.

It has only been five months since I graduated; therefore I cannot impart too much wisdom as adulting is still new to me. However, I feel fortunate and grateful for the obstacles that emerged and the opportunities that I was given at Gettysburg College.

Participating in these experiences can be beneficial in the long run to all who want them, whether it be personal growth, leadership development, or improving your skill-set.

Best of luck to all who are still studying in the library — it’ll pay off.

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