Eager to leave her home state of Pennsylvania for college, Melissa Remmey came to Wake Forest for many of the reasons we all have — it’s a small, academically prestigious university with a strong reputation that competes in what is arguably the strongest conference in division I college sports.
“I wanted to get out of Pennsylvania and try something different,” she said. “I was attracted by the fact that it was an academically prestigious school but that it had big-time sports and competed in the ACC.”
Remmey also knew she wanted to study government and politics during her college years, based on an interest she’s had for years.
“I’ve always been interested in learning about the government and comparing different countries to the U.S.,” she said. “Once I took my first political science course, it definitely solidified my interest in the subject.”
Her concentration in political science has been in comparative politics — the study of different governments in comparison to the U.S. political system. It’s a subject she’s studied with Neil DeVotta, an associate professor of politics and international affairs who has worked as Remmey’s adviser in the department.
Her interest in the subject was one of the reasons she studied abroad in Madrid during the fall semester of her junior year. While she lived with a host mother who spoke no English, Remmey said the experience was one of her favorites during her time at Wake Forest.
The Doylestown, Pa., native will begin working at Oracle, the computer technology corporation, in Boston after graduation as a sales and business development representative. While this is sure to be a new experience for her, Remmey says she’s looking forward to trying something different.
“I’m excited to try it and see if I like it,” Remmey said. “I’m open to exploring other possibilities for the future.”
In addition to her major in politics and international affairs, Remmey has also earned double minors in history and sociology during her time at Wake Forest.
“It matched my interest in political science because I’m interested in learning about people and past civilizations,” she said. “The way things are now can definitely be explained by past political and social trends.”
In the department of sociology, Remmey cited Steve Gunkel, associate teaching professor, as one of her favorite faculty members she’s studied under.
Down the road, Remmey says she’s considering enrolling in law school, although she wants to get a few years of work experience under her belt before deciding whether to pursue law as a possible career path.
While she’s eager to start her career in Boston this summer, Remmey says she’ll miss the friends she’s made here over the last four years as well as being in a classroom setting.
“The friends that I’ve made — we’re all going to different parts of the country, so it’ll be weird being apart from them,” Remmey said. “I’m going to miss learning because I’ve really enjoyed my experience in the classroom and working with professors.”