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April 28, 2016
By Lee Volmer, media relations assistant
After Northwest Missouri State University student Maggie Carmichael graduates this spring she’ll move abroad to continue her education with hopes of exploring the world and building a career of helping others.
Carmichael, who graduates with a bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management, will study abroad next fall at the University of Ghana-Accra to add an international business degree. Ultimately, she hopes to employ her experiences with the Peace Corps.
“I really like the concept of using all of the things I’ve learned to benefit people,” Carmichael said. “After the earthquake in Nepal, there were people from all kinds of international aid organizations who went over to help in so many ways, ranging from supplying basic needs to helping rebuild the economy. That’s the kind of thing I want to do, and that’s where the emergency and disaster management degree comes in.”
Ghana’s study abroad program emphasizes volunteer work, including village outreach and development, educational assistance, and health and hygiene.
“A high school teacher who had been to Ghana told me that it has some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” Carmichael said. “They have an extremely strong culture, and he thought it would be somewhere that I’d really enjoy. I wanted to find somewhere that I could really become part of the culture and not just live on the surface.”
While a Bearcat-rich family tree might have drawn Carmichael to Northwest, the close-knit campus culture kept her tied to Maryville.
“I’ve had professors that taught my parents and are still teaching,” Carmichael said. “That really shows the dedication of this faculty. That was 35 years ago, but they still remember and value the past students they’ve taught.”
At Northwest, Carmichael built her leadership skills as a member of Sigma Kappa. She also served as a two-term member of the Homecoming Committee’s executive board.
Being involved on campus had a positive impact on her.
“I was a very private person before I came here,” Carmichael said. “Northwest helped me open up and grow to where now I’m completely comfortable with different environments, types of people and ways of life. I’m also totally at peace with myself and my goals, and that feels great.”
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