Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Citizen Scholars
Eli Drake
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Eli Drake

Citizen Scholar

Major: Theatre, Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities, Honors College Minor: German

Double major in Theatre and Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities and minor in German, Eli Drake, highlights the supportive environment in the Citizen Scholars program.

Why did you come to MSU?
I wanted a school that was very flexible with what I needed, being I was interested in acting as well as global politics, culture, and language. So opportunity to venture down a multitude of academic paths was a huge factor. I have already taken advantage of one experience prior to even arriving on campus, and that was the Freshman Seminar Abroad program in Germany where I studied “Human Rights in Times of Conflict” for two weeks. It was an amazing experience and reinforced why I should become a Citizen Scholar.

Why do you aspire to be a Citizen Scholar?
There is definitely prestige with the program. It is similar to an honors college program in that there are small class sizes, dedicated mentors and advisors, and resources like priority internships and research opportunities. The people in and around the program I have met so far are extremely talented, and I am learning as much from them as they are from me!

What has your experience been like so far in the Citizen Scholar program?
Everyone in the program wants you to succeed and cares about your development. I love being able to customize your experiential experiences through internships, study abroad, study away, and research opportunities. It is truly tailored to what you want to do. I am currently planning a cultural event on campus and will present on that experience to my cohorts in my class. My other cohorts are doing the same; we are learning from each other first hand.

I enjoy working together with my Citizen Scholar cohorts. They are all so talented and passionate about what they want to do with their lives and how they want to leave their mark on the program. I feel like this program has already brought out the best in all of us.

What are you looking forward to most in the Citizen Scholar program?
The diversity in the program is a huge win for me because I am learning from other cultures, viewpoints, experiences, etc. And since international perspective is an interest of mine, this has been a pleasant surprise. I think you best learn outside your comfort zone by trying new things, meeting new people, and being an active listener. The program encourages me to be the best that I can on campus and in the community. These are the experiences that will prepare me to lead others and impact lives after graduation.