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Expanding Her World Through Liberal Arts

January 15, 2016

Hometown: Oregon, WI
Major: Psychology
Minor: Political Science

“I believe that civic engagement is tremendously important for young people; it’s a powerful force even among people who cannot vote yet." Anna Schwartzstein is a student with a keen interest in political science. She currently works as a Campus Engagement Intern at Hillel International, a group dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students across campuses and the world. Part of this internship involves collaborating with the leadership team to create new and innovative ideas on how best to serve the University of Minnesota’s Jewish population. Anna also interned as a grant writer this past summer at East Side Neighborhood Services, a nonprofit human service agency which provides social services to the Northeast and Southeast communities of Minneapolis. Using the research skills developed in her psychology coursework, Anna researched grants and provided feedback for grants that were in stages of editing.

Aside from her internships, Anna is also the co-chair of J Street U Minnesota chapter, a national political organization which advocates for a negotiated two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict. This student group benefits the University community by providing an outlet for people to contribute their input on both sides of the ongoing debate. Ultimately, they are determined to provide significant action towards a two-state solution. On her rationale in bringing J Street to the University of Minnesota, she noted, “I just thought that it was important to show other views of the Pro-Israel position on campus, providing a left wing perspective that had been absent.”

Anna cites her appreciation of the freedom provided to her by a liberal arts education. “I think it’s important to have a general knowledge about a wide range of topics and not to discount other areas of learning, simply because they are not one’s area of focus. I feel I’ve become a more well-rounded person as a result.”

After graduation, Anna desires to attend graduate school for Child Psychology.

This story was written by an undergraduate student account executive in CLAgency. Meet the team.