North Central College - Naperville, IL
German and Spanish double major, English and History of Ideas minors

When she arrived at North Central, Melissa was interested in too many subjects to count – which may explain why she completed German and Spanish majors along with minors in English and The History of Ideas. "One of the most important things about North Central is students' freedom to study different disciplines," she says. The academic and travel opportunities of the German major intrigued Melissa. "During our Berlin trip it was interesting to learn about the Cold War era without relying on a textbook," she says.

As a College Scholar, Melissa wrote a thesis that integrated her interests in German and Shakespeare. She analyzed texts at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.–an unusual opportunity for an undergraduate. What's next for Melissa? After spending some time in Spain, she plans to apply for a Fulbright grant to continue her studies.