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Rachel Jamison

Rachel Jamison is one of many students benefiting from U scholarships.

Scholarships provide a world of opportunity

From M, fall 2004

When Rachel Jamison graduated from Dubuque High School in the top three percent of her class, she received scholarship offers from both the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota. Iowa offered more scholarships and was tempting, Jamison says, but she ultimately chose Minnesota because it was the "right fit."

Now a University junior and honors student, Jamison says scholarships are enabling her to make the most of her college experience. Her triple major (women's studies, global studies, and history) supports her research interest in how feminist movements in the U.S. affect relations between the U.S. and the Arab world. "Scholarships allow me to participate in many more extracurricular activities and take a tougher class load because I don't have to work as much during the year," she explains. "Instead, I have opportunities to study abroad and do internships, which I think are invaluable." She has already studied in Morocco for seven weeks and will spend this year in Jordan, where she will take courses in the history of Jordan and the Middle East, continue to study Arabic, and intern with a feminist organization--all experiences that will prepare her for an eventual career in academic research.

"My favorite thing about the U of M is that there are endless opportunities," says Jamison, who is a member of the University's Parliamentary Debate Team. She has also helped first-year students as a peer advisor and has volunteered and interned with WATCH, an organization that watches courtroom proceedings in Hennepin County to ensure that victims of domestic violence and child abuse are protected. It all adds up to a great college experience for Jamison. "I can't imagine being at another school," she says.

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