"I just couldn’t get into the structured environment, so I left,” recalls Bronwyn Lewis, who dropped out of her Colorado high school at age 14. She got her GED, went to junior college for several semesters, and took a series of entertainment industry jobs and internships, eventually becoming the senior manager of operations at an online market research firm. A growing awareness of conflicts around the globe, especially in Africa, made her rethink her career goals. Lewis decided to go back to college.
“I was looking for something less traditional,” says Lewis. “The New School for Public Engagement is perfect. Classes are small, and the Global Studies program is experiential, integrated, and service oriented and crosses traditional educational boundaries.”According to Lewis, her most rewarding experience as an undergraduate at The New School has been a program in Johannesburg, South Africa, sponsored by the university’s Transregional Center for Democratic Studies. “Jonathan Bach, my super-supportive advisor, thought I’d make a perfect candidate and could handle the graduate-level work. The experience was incredible.” Now she plans to go on to a master’s degree and hopes to build a career working for human rights.