Ryan Meyer graduated from Grand Valley in the spring of 2013, earning a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Ryan was a member of the Frederick Meijer Honors College.
I am currently finishing my first year at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. I am working on my Master’s of Public Policy. My main interest is in government affairs and advocacy. This semester, I am a Government Affairs intern for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy organization in the U.S.
Grand Valley provided me with a solid foundation that enabled me to tackle graduate school. As a transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College, it was difficult to transition to Grand Valley at first. My professors, such as Professors Richards, unknowingly helped me successfully become a part of the Laker family through their support and encouragement in my first semester. Grand Valley also provided many opportunities outside the classroom. With the encouragement of professors in the Political Science Department, I pursued and was selected to be Grand Valley’s Paul Henry Congressional Fellow. As a result, I spent part of the summer of 2012 interning for Congressman John Conyers, Jr. in his D.C. office. Also during my time at Grand Valley, I was also President of the Grand Valley Economics Club.
Having both a Political Science and Economics background has been a huge benefit for graduate school. My economics classes helped prepare me for my microeconomics and statistics classes in graduate school. Additionally, Professors Richards and King constantly encouraged and supported me when researching and applying to graduate school. They were an invaluable source of information and advice. Without my professors in the Political Science (and Economics) department, I would not be where I am today.