Student Spotlight: Melat Debebe

Melat Debebe

Melat Debebe is a junior majoring in political science with minors in public health and Korean studies. Read her Student Spotlight Q&A to learn more about her and her experiences as a political science student.

What is your hometown?

Bloomington, MN.

Why did you choose to major in political science?

I initially chose political science because I was interested in going to law school after undergrad. However, after taking political science classes at the U, I really fell in love with studying politics, governments, and people's interactions within a political system. 

What has been your favorite political science course at UMN?

My favorites have been POL 3309: US Supreme Court Decision-Making, Process, and Politics and POL 3435: Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa. 

How are you involved on campus?

I am on the board for Student Legal Services and the Ethiopian Student Association. I am also a peer advisor in the political science department. 

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I plan to pursue law school after graduation. 

What advice would you give to prospective political science students?

I advise that students take a poli sci class! Look through the classes and find one that looks the most interesting. Taking the class will help you figure out whether the major is for you.


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