From Alliance to the UK: Bluedorn ’17 Accepted into Competitive International Graduate Program
November 02, 2017
BY: Rachel Brumenschenkel '18
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Jenna Bluedorn '17, of Boardman, Ohio, was accepted into the International Business Culture and Languages program at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Bluedorn is one of 10-15 students who were accepted into the program. She is currently studying public relations and Spanish at the University of Mount Union and is set to graduate in December.
Bluedorn will study on the Oxford Brookes campus from September 2018 to January 2019 and take classes in international business, foreign affairs and intercultural communication. For the following nine months, Bluedorn will work in a multinational organization anywhere in the world and write a 15,000-word dissertation. Upon completion of the work placement and dissertation, she will receive a Master of Arts degree.
During her sophomore year at Mount Union, Bluedorn studied abroad for one semester in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. That experience helped spark her desire to apply for international graduate school programs.
“From the day I began my study abroad program in Costa Rica, I knew that I was not meant to stay in the United States for the rest of my life. I knew I was meant to travel, explore and become a citizen of the world,” said Bluedorn.
Bluedorn’s career goal is to work in the communication department of a multinational organization. While at Mount Union, Bluedorn has conducted research on the media and immigration, so she hopes to help companies work with national governments to obtain more visas for qualified employees.
“A sad truth is that there are people across the globe that are overqualified for positions in great companies, but they can’t get a visa due to strict immigration rules. I would love to work as a liaison between the companies and government,” said Bluedorn. “One of my possible placement options for the graduate school program is the United Nations, and that would be a great step for my future career.”
Bluedorn is most excited for living in a new part of the world and the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds across the globe. She is looking forward to experiencing the cultural differences between the U.K. and the United States.
“I've respected Jenna's International perspective on all she does. From her study abroad experience in Costa Rica to her research on immigration and terrorism, Jenna has a mature and nuanced perspective on the world around her. The Oxford Brookes program is lucky to have her, and I'm convinced Jenna will make the most of this amazing experience,” said Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Mount Union. “It is students like her that make me hopeful about our future and I can't wait to see how she makes a difference.”