Lindsey Zirkle, a member of the Honors College for Charleston, will graduate with degrees in International studies and English. She is a former vice president of community relations and vice president of campus affairs for the Beta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi International Fraternity and a student delegate for the Model United Nations Club.
She has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while serving as a teaching assistant, studying abroad, learning Arabic and conducting community service.
As an incoming freshman, in 2016, she spent her summer studying abroad at the University of Oxford in England with the WVU Honors College, where she studied literature and poetry. Because of this travel abroad experience, she began her college career eager to delve into more cross-cultural experiences.
Zirkle had the opportunity to study abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she worked to advance her Arabic language skills while immersed in Jordanian culture. Her language proficiency enabled her to interact effectively on international issues with Foreign Service Officers and communicate with nomadic Bedouins. This eye-opening experience led her to a career path dedicated to policy addressing the needs of underserved populations.
A passionate advocate for social justice, she joined the West Virginia Innocence Project at the WVU College of Law as an intern in 2018. Through her experience with the WVIP, she was able to fine tune her career goals to work in criminal justice reform and prisoner advocacy.
In 2019, she represented WVU in the Model United Nations conference in New York City, an experience that helped hone her leadership and public speaking skills.
After graduation, she will attend Georgetown University of Law.