A future shaped by study abroad
"UE's academically rigorous courses prepared me for success in my graduate studies. I learned how to translate my academic interests into professional goals.”
Class of 2013
Major: Archaeology, Art History, International Studies
Opportunities for UE Graduates
At UE, we are proud of the success our students find after graduation. The combination of challenging academics, experiential learning, and individual attention results in the positive outcomes and a return on investment students are looking for. Such success is reflected best in the lives of UE alumni like Emily Mella, whose majors in archaeology, art history, and international studies led to a master’s degree from American University and a position as research assistant at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. "UE's academically rigorous courses prepared me for success in my graduate studies. I learned how to translate my academic interests into professional goals, and I refined my skills in critical thinking and writing, which have been invaluable both in graduate school and in entering the professional world."
Emily says that one experience in particular, a trip to Jordan with Jennie Ebeling and others from UE, helped shape her future directly. “My trip to Jordan was undoubtedly one of the most transformational experiences of my life. It was there that I developed an interest in the intersection between archaeology, culture, and modern life and politics. In conversations both in Jordan and in her office in Evansville, Dr. Ebeling helped me refine my interests and consider how best to explore them."
Academics and Experience
Since graduating, Emily has stayed in touch with Ebeling and refers to her as both a mentor and a friend, adding, “her intelligence and passion for her work and her students continues to be an inspiration. I am so thankful for her continued support.” Academics was only one part of Emily’s full UE experience. She added to her résumé as an honors student, president of her sorority, orchestra member, and a member of the dance team. “Being involved on campus also helped me to develop my time management skills, which have proven highly valuable in my work. I am able to stay organized and work efficiently to meet deadlines.”
Emily is proud to be called an alumna of the University of Evansville. “I wouldn’t trade my experiences at UE for anything!”