Vines, a freshman international studies-political science and Asian studies
major at IUP, is the Journalism and Public
Relations Department’s newest student worker.
Vines is from Duncansville,
Pennsylvania. While in high school, she participated in several student
organizations, such as: secretary of Student Council; vice president of Key
Club; cheerleading team; Spanish club; manager of the swim team; and Future Business
Leaders of America. While in a competition for the best candidate in FBLA, she
received an email from IUP’s associate dean of the College of Humanities and
Social Sciences, Dorothy Gracey. There was no cell reception at the
competition, but as soon as she received cell service and looked at the email,
she could not believe it at first.
“Once I got the email, I ran out of
the bus, with no shoes on, straight to the guidance counselor’s office,” Vines
said. “I needed to make sure what I was reading was real.”
The email from Gracey informed
Vines she would receive a Board of Governors scholarship that provides tuition
waivers for four years of study at IUP. Vines did not apply for the
scholarship. Gracey was reviewing applications from potential freshmen and
chose her because of her involvement in extracurricular activities throughout
high school. Vines, being the first person in her family to finish high school,
was definitely the first to get a full ride to college. She thought she was excited, but her family’s excitement was on a whole other
“The only reason I was able to come
to college was because of the scholarship; otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able
to afford it,” Vines explained. “I applied for nursing programs, but I decided
I wanted to come to IUP for the international studies program instead, because
it’s a great program.”
Vines was referred to the student
worker position in the Journalism and Public Relations Department by political science
secretary Nancy Mayr. She was offered the position at the end of her interview
with department secretary Lee Vest.
“It’s going well. I’m getting along
with everyone, and the professors are awesome,” Vines says, describing her time
in her new position.
Vines plans to study abroad in Korea
for a semester and would eventually like to teach in Korea or Japan someday.
She plans to receive her certificate in Japanese in three and a half years. She
also plans to get an internship in Washington for the summer.
Vines earns her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a master’s in public
policy. Her focus is on international relations, and her dream job is to work for
the United Nations and to communicate between countries, specifically in Asia.
“I realized I want work with the policies
of different countries,” she says. “Global awareness is important.”