More than 50 students in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Program are preparing to graduate next month. Many will immediately enroll in graduate school and have already been accepted by prestigious academic institutions all across the country.
These students are a true testament to IE’s mission of educating citizen scholars. Here are some testimonials from several graduating seniors who benefitted from their experiences in the IE program.
Ignacio Cruz, a corporate communication studies major, received a scholarship to attend University of Southern California in the fall. He will be pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational communication and technology.
“IE provided a platform for me to grow professionally—as a scholar and a professional. As a first-generation college student, I was mentored by people who came from the same backgrounds as me. They understand that academia needs to be a melting pot of students from all walks of life, and I am forever indebted to them for lending out a helping hand.”
Rachel Snavely, a geography and the environment major, received a scholarship to attend San Diego State University in the fall to pursue a master of science degree in geographic information science.
“Participating in IE has opened up a lot of doors for me over the past year. I have been able to attend multiple national conferences, work on research projects within my department, do an honors thesis, and get admitted into graduate school. Had I not participated in IE, I do not think I would have become so active in my department and realized that my true interests lie in environmental research.”
Garrett Windle, a government major, received a scholarship to attend Georgetown University Law Center in the fall to pursue a Juris Doctor degree.
“The IE program was very beneficial to me in that it helped me get a clear sense of the practical considerations that go beyond pure intellectual interest when deciding between different potential paths. I would recommend that every student find ways to build meaningful relationships with graduate students and faculty by any means available. The IE program is simply a great way to do that.”