Jordyn Arndt

Class of 2011

Hometown: Farmington, Minnesota

Majors: French and international business and economics, with a concentration in women’s studies

A global education: As a child, I avidly read about foreign places and cultures, and this interest was strengthened during my time at St. Kate’s when I studied overseas. I’ve had extensive study abroad experience — with semesters in Senegal and Morocco, as well as J-terms in Egypt and India.

Choosing St. Kate’s: I was not initially interested in a women’s college, at least not until I toured St. Kate’s. I fell in love with the campus. My guide did an amazing job of emphasizing the women’s leadership and social-justice aspects of the school. The minute I left campus, I decided I wanted to go to St. Kate’s.

Life after graduation: I interned as a policy associate at Jubilee USA Network in Washington, D.C. and then spent the next seven months teaching English to secondary-school students in Reunion (a French-speaking island off the coast of Madagascar). That summer, I traveled to Southeast Asia and served as a research volunteer at Riverkids Project in Cambodia and Singapore.

Sharing her work: In March 2011, I had the opportunity to participate in the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai. I was one of 36 student presenters chosen worldwide and awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to share my undergraduate research on “International Trade and Women’s Work in Morocco: An Analysis of the Causes, Consequences and Reactions.” I’m expanding on this research as a Fulbright scholar.

Katie in Morocco: Rabat has been home since September 2012, and I’m currently working with the Solidarity Center to conduct interviews with women workers in the textile and clothing manufacturing industry — in an effort to better understand their situation, document their struggles and explore possibilities for change. I travel regularly to Ifrane to visit my research supervisor at Al Akhawayn University.

A dream come true: I first applied for a Fulbright scholarship when I was a senior at St. Kate’s. I wasn’t selected, but I applied again with a different project the following year. The good news came this spring when I was wrapping up my teaching contract in Reunion. I knew being a Fulbright scholar would do wonders for my personal and professional development.

What’s next: After I finish my Fulbright research this summer, I will be working in Washington, D.C. in the field of international economic policy. In a few years, I will pursue a master’s degree in development studies and, potentially, a Ph.D. at a later date. I am passionate about collaborating with people worldwide to foster a more just, equitable and peaceful society for all.

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