Forging a career through international peace

January 23, 2013

Meg Ross has already done a lot in her academic and professional careers. She’s an ambitious go-with-the-flow type, she says -- a good fit for adventurous journeys.

In the past, the Spanish and global studies major -- who worked an immersion program in Heredia, Costa Rica, into her undergraduate career -- also was an interpreter in a juvenile court. Currently, Ross teaches third grade at Ellis Elementary in Denver as a teaching fellow.

She’ll have a lot of inspiration for her students as she prepares to become a Peace Corps volunteer this summer.

“It’s not only an exciting prospect that I can share with my students, bringing some global concepts into the classroom, but it’ll also be a continuation of my teaching, helping another community with literacy while I boost my career,” said Ross.

Ross is in the Master’s International program at CU-Boulder. The program allows students to incorporate Peace Corps service as credit toward graduate studies in a variety of fields. The program has been offered at CU-Boulder since 2011 in combination with master’s degrees in business administration, education, environmental studies and geography.

Ross, who’s just kicked off her second semester on the CU-Boulder campus, plans to complete the Master’s International program in the standard four years.

But first, she has her Peace Corps stint to complete and she says she’s most looking forward to getting to know her future community abroad.

Ross is awaiting final word on acceptance and hopes to be placed in the Dominican Republic, South America or somewhere in the Pacific Islands.

“I like to explore and see the world,” said Ross. “I’m young and Peace Corps is a good way to do that while teaching, focusing on my interest in literacy issues and developing my professional experience.” 

For more information about the Peace Corps at CU-Boulder visit http://www.colorado.edu/peacecorps/.

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