Meet Galesburg High School North's new principal: Knox alumna Mindi Ritchie '99! GHS North is an "alternative...
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2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Majors in Economics and International Relations
What are your long-term plans post-Knox?
Currently, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science.
The University of Chicago's MAPPS is known for being a highly selective, extremely rigorous program. How did your Knox experience help prepare you?
The most helpful Knox experience was working on my Honors project. I designed and conducted my own research project, which made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in research. I was also lucky to work as a research assistant for Professors Manisha Pradhananga and Andrew Civettini, which helped me gain experience with the different aspects of research, such as data collection and collaboration.
What's the most important thing you learned at Knox outside the classroom?
The most important thing I learned is to be open to new opportunities and to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. This is really a great way to learn more about yourself and things you like (or don’t). Also, surround yourself with people who constantly motivate and encourage you. It is really easy to undermine your accomplishments and be self-deprecating (especially during the winters), but having a good support system can help you get through that.
What advice do you have for current Knox students looking to pursue a master's degree?
Talk to your advisor! Office hours are time that professors set aside for students, so do not hesitate to use them. I definitely went to my professors a lot during my senior year, and they were always very welcoming and helpful. They are also a really great resource, whether to find programs that would be better-suited to you or find experience that would help your application. Their letter of recommendation will hold great value, so it is important to talk to them.