Political Science

Ari Kornelis

Ari Kornelis ’14

At Alma I had so many incredible and unexpected opportunities that it’s hard to imagine having a comparable experience anywhere else.

As a freshman, I marched with the Kiltie Marching Band, I played in the Alma Concert Band, and I performed with the Percussion Ensemble both on campus and at the Notre Dame Jazz festival. During my sophomore year, I became the president of the Alma College chapter of the International Criminal Court Student Network. That position led to an opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to participate in a conference on international law regarding the first verdict of the International Criminal Court in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a war criminal from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

I also became involved with Alma’s Model United Nations team, which, as you may know, has won more Outstanding Delegation Awards at the National Model UN conference than any other school in the 40 year history of the conference. 

I spent my senior year working as a research assistant for an economics professor, Dr. Bose. I can currently claim to be the co-author of a working paper that will ultimately be submitted for academic publication. And, thanks to the Posey Global foundation I was able to spend a month in Peru in 2013, studying sustainable waste management, and building vermicompost systems in a small town in the high altitude Amazon jungle.

My hometown when I was a student was

Holland, Mich.

I graduated in

2014

I studied

Major: Political Science

Minors: Economics and Music

I currently live in

Holland, Mich.

My Alma education

included experiences in music (participating in Concert Band, Alma Symphony Orchestra, Kiltie Marching Band, and Percussion Ensemble and performing at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival); being an active member of the Model UN team in my junior and senior years; volunteering as a DJ, working as the music director and then the general manager of WQAC; working as a research assistant for Dr. Bose; and earning departmental honors in political science.

My favorite professors(s) included

Professor Zerbe, Dr. Hulme, Dr. Bose

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

During my sophomore year, I became the president of the Alma College chapter of the International Criminal Court Student Network. That position led to an opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to participate in a conference on International Law regarding the first verdict of the International Criminal Court in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a war criminal from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When I chose to go to Alma, that trip to the Netherlands was an opportunity I certainly didn’t expect.

The following year, I was also given the opportunity to attend a conference in Washington, D.C., on political transitions that coincided with the second inauguration of President Obama. Standing in the sea of people outside the capital building was a truly memorable experience.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

a Posey Global grant that allowed me to spend a month in Peru in 2013, studying sustainable waste management, and building vermicompost systems in a small town in the high-altitude Amazon jungle.