"I am so grateful I had this opportunity and I feel more prepared for the real world after everything I learn...
Office of Communications
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Major in International Studies, Minors in Business, French
What are you doing as a Mellon Fellow?
I have an internship at the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. I'm the communications intern, so I interact with businesses, maintain social media presence, and help plan and coordinate events. I'm also working on member retention plans, a city-wide internship program for next summer (in conjunction with the city government of West Des Moines), and making updates on documents for new members. The experience is fantastic. I've been learning about every facet of how a Chamber of Commerce works, as well as how a business is run, though it is a nonprofit. Additionally, West Des Moines is home of a ton of large companies—mostly financial and insurance-related. The Chamber works mostly with company management, so I meet a lot of executives. I've become seriously connected here, and it's opened a lot of doors for me. I've even received a couple job offers for the future! Aside from opportunism though, the skills I am learning at the Chamber will follow me for the rest of my life. Working here has helped to improve my understanding of company organization, communications, research, event planning, program planning, time management, and many other transferable skills. It's really been a phenomenal opportunity.
What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox outside the classroom?
Knox has taught me to deeply analyze my own perspective in relation to those of my peers. Interacting with people from all kinds of different backgrounds has helped me learn to really put myself in their shoes to understand their opinions and how my actions may affect them. It has also taught me about the various styles and forms leadership can follow through activity in clubs and organizations on campus. I have been able to transfer the leadership skills I gained at Knox to internships, off-campus organizations, and community activities.
What surprised you about Knox?
I was surprised to see the way Knox's size affects its sense of community. Coming from halfway across the country, I knew absolutely no one when I started at Knox. Within two weeks, I was a part of a tight-knit group of friends, some of whom I truly believe will be a part of my life for years to come. Most of the students know each other as well as most of the professors, and it is very easy to make a name for yourself through the entire community—good or bad! Such a small, close community challenges everyone to be the best they can be.
What's a memorable experience that you've learned from?
One of the most prominent classes I have taken was during the spring of 2017, which was Introduction to Globalization (IS 100) with visiting instructor Jon Anderson. For an introductory course, the study material was quite dense and thought-provoking. The concept that stood out to me the most was moral relativity, which describes the concept that one person's morals may differ completely from another's, and neither is necessarily right or wrong. In the context of globalization, nations may have different moral standpoints for countless reasons. It gave me a completely different perspective regarding morality, ethics, and social justice. The course also taught me a lot about the intricacies of global networks and increasing global connectedness.
Raegina Likewise '18 is a co-president of the Knox College Business Club and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Previously, she was a member of the Equestrian Team, and helped to form the Knox College Disaster Corps. Her Mellon Fellowship led to an internship at the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.