Watson and Odyssey Scholars Program

Scholar Spotlight


Ronda Ataala '13
Broadcast Journalism

"During my senior year, I interned with '60 Minutes' in New York. I was worked on stories that were put on air, met incredible journalists that I had only dreamed of meeting, and lived in a city that never has a dull moment.

And what else? "I spent a summer in Egypt working on idependent international reporting, I was part of the covering the Internet Governance Forum in Washington, D.C., and I was a reporter for Elon Local News. Now, I'm studying for the LSAT while also working at Xerox Corporation in Cary, N.C. My plan is to go to law school."





Destinee Pray '14
Human Service Studies

"As an American working at El Centro de Español, I have enjoyed dinners at a local El Salvadorian restaurant, cooking classes and tailgates. I have helped with ESL classes in the community and the Spanish immersion program at Elon Elementary.

"I believe communication is the key to unlocking misunderstanding, intolerance and racism to build meaningful relationships and embrace diversity. El Centro is the perfect place to pursue this goal."

And what else? "Being at Elon has allowed me to participate in internships, alterantive spring break trips, academic research and to fulfill my lifelong dream of travel by studying abroad in Seville, Spain this past semester."




Jordan Joshua '14

"Student relationships are at the core of these programs. I spent a semester studying in Ghana, and in addition to using money provided through the program, I worked with an older student who helped me obtain another scholarship. Now, as a senior, I work with younger students in the program. Watching them grow really puts things into perspective for me."

"There's power in being part of this program and also knowing that after I graduate I'll be part of a network of students and alumni who shared this experience."

And what else? "I ultimately want to pursue a career in finanical planning, but I realized recently that my true calling is the ministry, specifically as a youth pastor. My time here has been all about trying lots of new things, and then digger deeper into specific interests as I learned more about myself and what motivates me. For me, that's working with the Odyssey Scholars Program, Alphi Phi Alpha fraternity and One in Christ ministry."