Ashley Metelus, Student

Ashley Metelus is a junior Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major who will be studying in Uganda this summer with Dr. Jody McBrien. Metelus will learn first-hand about the effects of Joseph Kony’s LRA war and efforts to rebuild. She will intern at either Rachele School, a former rehabilitation center for abducted children; or at St. Katherine’s School for Girls, a site that educates many girls who were either kidnapped or retreated to internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps.


What would you like to do for a career upon graduation?

After from graduating from USF, I would like to attend Kean University and obtain a joint degree: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and LLM in Human Rights. I do not currently know what exact career I would like but I do know I want to be able to do research with people and areas affected by genocide and work with human rights abuses.

Why did you choose the major that you chose?

I chose the major of Interdisciplinary Social Science because I wanted a degree that would integrate two disciplines of my interest.

What are some of your interests?

My interests are history and psychology. For history, I am interested in studying, reading, and researching about the Holocaust and other genocide. For the psychology interest, I am interested in the psychological effects that people face after trauma.

What is something about you that people wouldn’t normally know about you?

One thing that most people do not know about it is that I am obsessed with all things German. I am learning German, interested in their culture, and want to spend some time over in Germany. I am very interested in learning more about Nazi Germany and researching Adolf Hitler.

Why did you choose USF Sarasota-Manatee?

I chose USF Sarasota-Manatee because I wanted a campus where it was small and intimate; I did not want to be just a student ID number. At this campus, I am not treated that way, everyone is friendly and are helpful when it comes to career options. I could not ask for a better campus to be involved in. This will only be my second semester here and I have friendships and relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

Would you recommend USFSM to someone else?

I always recommend USFSM to other students, especially the ones who are not interested in larger campuses and want to feel known and appreciated within their campus.