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Emily Mackenzie

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
High School: East High School
Major: Politics and Government (Comparative Politics)

Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
I chose Puget Sound because everything clicked when I visited campus for the first time. The academic departments interested me and it was clear students were engaged with what they were studying. Walking around campus I could see myself feeling comfortable and at home. I thought about how I wanted to sit in Diversions and study with my friends like a saw so many students doing.  Students smiled at me on the pathways and it was clear they were very happy with their lives here.

What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
David Sousa, the chair of the Politics and Government department. He challenges students in politics to identify puzzles and try to tell the full story of any idea or event. He is constantly excited to talk about what he has learned and encourages students share that excitement.

What has been your favorite class?
Politics of Detention (Terrorism, Immigration, Criminal) with Robin Jacobson and Film Culture with Susan Owen.

What campus activities do you participate in?
Campus Visit Program, Gamma Phi Beta, Passages.

What is your favorite place on campus?
On a sunny day I love to sit out side of the SUB at the tables for hours. It is the perfect place to have lunch and spend time with any one that passes through. 

What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
Garden Tortellini from the vegetarian station. I get it every Friday.

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
Try new things! There are endless opportunities to get involved from joining a club to getting involved with an academic department or having a job on campus. Your first year is the perfect time to try as many things as you can and decide what is right for you and what make you happy and fulfilled.

What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
A walk down to the water is the perfect study break!

Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?
Josh Lyman from the West Wing. Without a doubt.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/Spotify?
“Will You Return?” by the Avett Brothers.

If you could have one person with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why?
I would have to say my older brother, Nathan. He would not only entertain me but would figure some way to get us out of there.