Student Profile: Jacquelin Kataneksza '09
"You come here, and so many doors open."
Economics and international relations major, French minor: Harare, Zimbabwe
"Being exposed to so many different opportunities academically has been challenging. Back home in Zimbabwe you're given the basics - math, history, English - and you come here, and so many doors open to things that you never discovered before. I've never done economics and I came here and now I want to major in it."
"I am planning to double major in economics and international relations and minor in French. Ultimately, I want to work with women and development in Third World countries. I want to work for an organization in which I could give back to communities, especially in Africa. I want to give back to women, like my mom, who haven't had equal opportunities."
"My first year, I was in the Global Residential College. I became unbelievably close to the people in my hall. The class we took together was so interesting. The homework would spark such stimulating discussions because so many people have different perspectives. The Residential College traveled to New York City to the United Nations headquarters and in the spring we went to the White House and the World Vision offices."
"I played field hockey for the Zimbabwe national field hockey team in the World Cup. Recently, I was selected as part of a preliminary squad for the Zimbabwe Olympic team. It has been an adjustment to play field hockey here. My field hockey coach, Heather Lewis, went out of her way to make sure that I understood why we were doing the things we were doing, and why they are different than how I did them back home.
"When I have a problem, Heather is one of the first people I turn to because she went out of her way when I first got here to make things easier. The field hockey team at Bucknell has become like a second family to me. They understand how demanding it is to be a student and an athlete."