Cameron Macaskill ’17

Where are you from?

Chardon, Ohio

What are your majors?

English, International Studies, and Political Science

Why did you choose to study these subjects?

Sometimes people are surprised at this combination, but I think these three majors fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Literature and politics are always informing one another in really interesting ways, and the ability to look at how writers can be part of state resistance movements or how poetry can be used to guide post-conflict reconciliation efforts opens up all of these different possibilities in how we understand and analyze contemporary politics.

What is your favorite class/faculty member, and why?

Professor Pete Moore in the Department of Political Science and Professor Sarah Gridley in the Department of English have pretty high standards and have challenged me the most at this university, but they have also given me a lot of freedom within their classes to design projects that fit my interests. Whether its Professor Moore’s encouragement in pursuing research on Southern Africa or Professor Gridley’s detailed feedback on my creative writing, their mentorship has been invaluable to me in learning how to read, write, and think critically in both of my major disciplines.

Why did you choose CWRU?

My family is the most important part of my life, and since I grew up in the area it was important to me to stay close to them. I have a 15 year old brother — I didn’t want to miss him growing up, and I love being able to have my own life here at CWRU but still have the chance to head home for birthdays and soccer games.

What do you like best about CWRU?

I love how small and tight-knit this community is! I think the student body here looks out for each other in a way that just doesn’t happen at other schools, and I think it says a lot about the character of students here. Plenty of schools have smart kids, but CWRU has a community of people who really care about each other inside and outside of the classroom, and that’s what a truly great learning environment should be like.

Describe any research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities you have had as a result of being a CWRU student.

While at CWRU, I received funding from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence to accompany a conflict-resolution delegation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, received SOURCE funding to complete an internship with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, and studied abroad for a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After graduation, I will be completing intensive language study in France with the support of the Eva Pancoast Memorial Fellowship and was selected as CWRU’s candidate for Davis Projects for Peace, for which I received a $10,000 grant to design and facilitate a youth poetry camp in Cape Town in collaboration with two local poetry organizations. All of these experiences have been funded through centers here on campus and would have been impossible to complete otherwise.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am a member of Alpha Phi and the Global Ethical Leaders Society.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

I enjoy reading, yoga, and traveling.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I hope to be mid-way through a Ph.D program in political science, with a focus on comparative politics.