Danielle Edmonds

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

Major: International Political Economy and Public Affairs
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Bill Archer Fellowship - Spring 2017
  • League of United Latin American Citizens: Project of the Year - 2016
  • Model United Nations Outstanding Delegation: Portland, New York City - 2016
  • University of Missouri Policy Debate Tournament JV Octofinalist - 2015
  • First place Diversity Slam Poetry Competition - 2015, 2016

Deciding on My Majors

I started out as a Political Science major but quickly realized how fascinated I was with foreign politics. As an immigrant's daughter I was intrigued by the idea of investigating the economic and political forces behind global migration. Regardless of what your major is, I highly recommend taking a variety of classes to find the field that most interests you! I also think more people should consider taking on a double major. For students coming in to UT Dallas with college credits, it is highly feasible and a great way to make yourself stand out to employers and grad school programs.

My EPPS Success

Being in a smaller school at UT Dallas has given me the opportunity to create personal relationships with my professors, which has been key to my success. These relationships can translate into recommendations, research opportunities, and even nominations for awards and programs! These benefits can significantly enhance your academic experience, but more importantly being close to faculty could earn you a valuable mentor for life.

Plans for the future

In August I depart for my 27 month service in the Peace Corps. I will be serving as a Spanish Literacy Promoter in the Dominican Republic.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Become active in extracurricular activities and internships! Most EPPS majors are a bit open ended when it comes to career applications- so find the type of work you like best. Try working for a law office or volunteering in the iFriend intercultural exchange. You may find that law or international affairs aren't your thing, but trying them out can help you start visualizing what you want to do after graduation.

Other Interests

I'm a big believer in finding creative outlets outside of professional aspirations. Poetry, art, and music are great ways to unwind. You don't have to be the best for your art to be valid. Many EPPS students dedicate their lives to the greater good, but your art can be yours and yours alone!