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Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: International Studies

Kielce, Poland
Major: International Studies
Minors: German and Economics

A summer internship in Washington, DC, eating lunch on the mall in front of the Capitol Building, writing articles for the International Information Program's website, moving easily among diplomats and foreign service officials, press pass in hand, state department badge pinned to her blouse…a season of rare opportunities made possible for Anna Nadgrodkiewicz by IUP's Honors College.

I never thought in my life I'd be doing this. Not all non-US citizens are even able to get this internship. I heard about the Washington Center from both IUP's political science department and the Honors College office and found that the Center has a special arrangement with the Honors College. Not only did I not have to pay extra -- beyond the twelve credits – the Honors College even helped me with the cost of living. I had been thinking about Foreign Service as a career and this internship gave me insight into what really goes on. I met Foreign Service officers, met – and made friends with – Polish diplomats in Washington and became familiar with all the main corridors of the State Department. The biggest lesson I got, though, was the feeling you get in DC that the world is all connected – and that I can contribute. That meant a lot to me.

Anna found herself involved in the daily work and special events at the Washington Center, including a paper presented at the panel session on critical thinking at the 35th Annual Collegiate Honors Conference.

My individual paper was offered at the round table session and concerned the poets of WWII, and after, in Poland. Many, when communism took over, emigrated to Canada for political reasons. Some -- one is an economist, for example -- also wrote poetry. The nature of their poetry, dealing with political and personal issues, national identities, memories of the past, living far from home, touched me. I could identify with these feelings, these ideas. I chose one poem from each author and offered my own analysis, and my own poem, and discussed the impact of memory having connection to the past.

Anna also went on to present a paper at a Toronto, Ontario conference on Emigration and Exile from Eastern Europe in the 20th Century.

I was the only undergraduate presenter – I didn't even tell anyone how old I was until after the presentation! I co-presented with a Minnesota woman who offered a paper on the spirituality of Emily Dickinson poetry. Prior to the conference we exchanged papers, shared some comments and found a common thread which is 'Do we need poetry? Why do we write it?' And the answer was 'Yes, we need it to respond to the questions of life.' For me it answered the needs for rootedness and self-identity.

And where will Anna Nadgrodkiewicz, International Studies major, poet, writer, presenter, translator, go from here?

After a summer study abroad, in Vienna, I plan to go to graduate school and then…perhaps foreign relations, diplomacy or international business. It is now all…possible.

Anna’s Accomplishments

Academic Awards/Distinctions

  • Diploma of recognition from Polish Minister of Culture & Arts


  • IUP Ambassadors
  • National Honor Society
  • International Business Association
  • German Club


  • Publications in Aristeia, myth journal of IUP
  • "Memory," essay in New Growth Arts Review, literary magazine
    of IUP
  • Presented paper, "The Role of Memory in Works of Two Polish Émigré Poets," 35th Annual Collegiate Honors Conference, Washington, DC
  • Presented paper, "Memory and Forced Forgetting: The Poetry of Dr. Zbigniew Kabata and Dr. Jerzy Korey-Krzeczowski," Toronto, Ontario Conference on Emigration and Exile from Eastern Europe in the 20th Century
  • Book of poems, Mój swiat ("My World"), Kielce: Zaklad Poligraficzny NOT-GRAG, 1994