Meredith Ragno '12 — Princeton in Africa Fellow

 

By encouraging me to explore a region of the world with an interdisciplinary approach, the ICS major didn’t just expand my knowledge of Africa—it helped prepare me to live there. The cultural knowledge and language skills that I developed as an ICS major shaped my interest in gaining first-hand experience in the region of the world that I had spent the last three years learning about in a variety of classrooms; from the lecture hall, to the dance studio, to the drum circle. No other major would have offered me the same flexibility to study Africa through such a multifaceted approach, while giving me the strong academic background to support my fellowship application. Writing this from Accra, Ghana, I’m grateful to ICS for inspiring and encouraging me to consider post-graduate opportunities abroad.