GEF Day 2018: Peace Corps Prep

It’s Global Engagement Day!

Though I was only able to attend a single session today, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a lunch/lecture presentation by Sarah Griswold and Jonathan Freeman — students involved with the Peace Corps and the Fulbright Scholarship, respectively.

I’m most interested in a future with the Peace Corps, so that’s what I’ll cover.

I’ve toyed with the idea of spending two years with the Peace Corps after undergrad and before enrolling in law school. I like the idea of pursuing something definitively “larger than myself”. It sounds cliché, but there really is an appeal to knowing that you’ll have a markedly positive effect on the lives of scores of people.

This thought was reinforced by a panel of high-scoring LSAT-takers that I sat in on during a Pre-Law Society meeting. One of the speakers adamantly recommended taking a break between undergrad and law school. He was in the middle of his time with Teach for America and spoke highly of its effects in his personal and professional development.

Ms. Griswold talked to us about her realm of expertise — Peace Corps Prep. Obviously, securing a place in the Peace Corps is competitive. OU offers the preparatory service to help Sooner applicants stand out amidst a sea of impressive candidates.

The program takes three semesters to complete and helps guide participants through prerequisites in the applicant’s chosen sector (Community Economic Development, Health or Environment), language requirements, intercultural studies and professional development.

As a realist, I know just how daunting the process for applying to the Corps can be. The world is filled to the brim with ambitious, impressive scholars who are just as interested in serving as humanitarians as I am. Fortunately, OU offers this valuable service to assist humanities-oriented Sooners in getting to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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