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Oliver Meeker '09

Diplomat. Scholar. Leader. Mentor.

Major: Sociology
Minors: Art History and Public Policy

Global Experience

I studied abroad in Vietnam during the fall semester of my junior year and spent one month in Hanoi and one month in Ho Chi Minh City. I loved it so much that I've been back twice since then! I've been taking 5 classes each semester just so that I can continue to improve my Vietnamese. After graduation, I'm going back to Vietnam again but this time it will be for an extended stay.

Giving Back

On campus, I work at the Center for Global Education. I'm the co-coordinator for Away Café, a quasi-open mic night where students get together to talk and share stories about crossing borders. It's a project I'm really passionate about and I love to share my own experiences -- like the time I traveled from Saigon to Hanoi by motorcycle!

Honors Student

I'm working on an honors project with Professor Jack Harris and I'm studying contemporary Vietnam and issues like social cohesion and solidarity. I'm looking at and comparing topics like rural versis urban, majority versus minority, and communism versus democracy. I'm also getting the opportunity to travel to Chicago for an ASIANetwork conference where I'm going to present the idea of "one Vietnam."

Teaching Assistant

One of my favorite experiences at HWS has been serving as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Jim Spates' Introduction to Sociology course. As a T.A., I attended all of the class meetings and facilitated the learning process through scheduling review sessions and answering questions for the students.