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Zach Jeremiah puts his Organizational Management skills to use in the Peace Corps

Peoria native Zach Jeremiah ’08 earned his degree in Organizational Management and is putting those skills to good use as a member of the Peace Corps. He recently shared his experiences with us.

Q:  What led you to join the Peace Corps and what sorts of experiences were you hoping it would provide?

A:  Well, I had a classic fork in the road experience that led me here.  My first love is baseball, and I hope to one day work in the front office of a major league club.  Towards the end of college I was talking with the Pittsburgh Pirates front office about an internship doing exactly that.  However, I also wanted to cover my bases, and doing service was the other path I had great interest in.  I interviewed with Teach for America and the Peace Corps, but my wanderlust made the Peace Corps my far and away first choice.  For awhile it looked like I¨d have to make the tough decision between PC and the Pirates, but when the internship fell through at the last moment I was spared that.  And when I saw that I would be going to Peru, I was instantly pleased that it worked out like it did.

As for what I was hoping to gain from the experience- complete immersion in a new culture and the ability to live and travel in a continent I was so unfamiliar with were the prime motivators.  And to be able to do all this while using the education I was lucky enough to receive to help others was about as ideal as it gets.

Read more Q & A about Zach Jeremiah’s experiences in the Peace Corps.  (pdf)

Comments

Hey Zach,

I was in Dr. Brown's tax class with you. Great to hear that your experience is going well. Sounds like an interesting adventure, to say the least. I think your experience will put you well ahead of your peers when you begin looking for a career in business. Congrats on making a wise choice and helping others.

Scott Stanley '90 & '08

Zack was a very good student in my MQM 380 class where students learn about team-building while doing a community service project. I remember Zack's interest in working in baseball but am pleases that he is "giving back" in this first job after graduation. He is a dedicated and motivated person who will do well no matter what he is doing.