Three years ago, the future seemed pretty straightforward to David Wemer ‘14. As a first-year student at Gettysburg College, he planned to focus his studies on American history, go on to earn a Ph.D. in the field, and come back to teach as a professor. Now that he is more than halfway through his college career, his path has changed.
Wemer has yet to take a class on the Civil War, but is active in theatre productions, serves as an undergraduate fellow in the Eisenhower Institute, and is learning Russian in preparation for a study abroad experience in St. Petersburg. Instead of working toward becoming a professor, he hopes to pursue a career in foreign politics, and has used his time at Gettysburg to learn more about global issues.
Pursuing a passion for international politics
Last year, Wemer was selected for the Mellon Summer Scholars Program, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that allows selected students to complete faculty-mentored summer research. Wemer, who is majoring in history, conducted research on the shift in Ukraine-Poland relations from World War II to the present day. History Prof. William Bowman served as his mentor for the project.