Esha Pathak, a senior majoring in economics and political science and minoring in sociology, has worked tirelessly to make a significant change for Penn State international students studying economics, one that gives them a greater chance of finding work and living in the United States after graduation.
Pathak’s journey down this path started during her third year at Penn State when she was looking for internships and full-time positions. That’s when she realized how different the process was going to be for her from her friends from the United States.
After investigating visa options, Pathak discovered there was a degree code disparity at Penn State. Pathak then reached out to UPUA for help. Last month, Pathak received the email she’d been working towards for more than a year. The email notified her that all international Penn State students pursuing an undergraduate degree in economics could graduate with the STEM extension.
Thanks to the Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, Penn State students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in economics in the College of the Liberal Arts now get two extra years to find work in the United States before their visas expire.
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