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Rumptz Takes the Next Step with her KU Degree

Attending the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies’ brown bag presentations gave Rebecca Rumptz a “wider breadth of knowledge” about the region. The Global and International Studies major also took Bart Redford’s Societies and Cultures of Eurasia, which helped her choose Kurdish independence and small nationalist movements as the topic for her capstone project. Her KU classes and experiences culminated in a degree and Global Awareness Program (GAP) certification.

Having to fulfill KU’s foreign language requirement was the “most nerve-racking part” of her course work. She said she is forever grateful for having to take German. Her time stationed in Germany helped her language study.  A nontraditional student, Rumptz joined the Army straight out of high school and spent the next seven years as a soldier developing skills in intelligence analysis. Rumptz deployed three times during this period and was also stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The graduating senior is one of 24 students to be accepted in the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program. During her 10 weeks in Washington, D.C, the Global and International Studies major spent three weeks getting overview of how the U.S. government functions and then was assigned to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for the remaining seven weeks of the internship. For the second part of the internship Rumptz will spend 10 weeks this summer working in the Public Affairs office of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

Poland was her first choice because she was embedded with Polish troops in Afghanistan. She followed the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit and knows how important strong Poland relations are to the United States.

Her post-graduation plans after she returns from Poland are still formulating but Washington, D.C. might be in her future. Regardless of where she lands, she knows that her GAP certification will help her stand out.


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