Graduated in 2008
Hometown: Harrisburg, Penn.
Majors: Journalism and political science
Currently: Communications specialist, U. S. Olympic Committee
Alumna Vanessa Virbitsky began her undergraduate career as a journalism major with a minor in political science. As she moved further into her political science courses, she realized the value in learning about government systems, international relations and politics. “This decision was a perfect complement to my work in journalism and enabled me to achieve my goal of combining my passion for sport, writing and politics,” said Virbitsky.
Virbitsky said her political science professors pushed her to be a better student and to expand her options and double major. “Analyzing research and developing new directions for projects were among the most meaningful interactions I had with my professors at UW Oshkosh,” Virbitsky said. “I’ve always felt that my political science professors were deeply invested in helping me realize my career goals.”
Virbitsky explained that the political science courses also have refined her analytic skills and gave her experience with research projects. “They offered me a better understanding of government, culture and issues at the international level, helping me to become a more strategic-thinking professional and better ambassador within the international Olympic movement,” said Virbitsky.