“I always loved New York and wanted to go to school there,” says Darsen Hover, who grew up in Kingston, New York. She recalls her family visits as a child to the city where her parents had met and her mother had gone to Hunter, graduating in 1992.
After being accepted by Hunter and two highly ranked private colleges, Hover found her choice easy: In addition to offering academic excellence and true affordability, only Hunter had the four-year Roosevelt Scholars Program.
Based at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Roosevelt Scholars is designed for students with superior academic records and a demonstrated interest in sociopolitical analysis and civic engagement. It was tailor-made for Hover, a young scholar with a fascination for politics, and it gave her an instant community of students with similar interests.
When she came to Hunter, she didn’t have a clear vision of her future career. She originally considered journalism, but changed direction as she completed the interdisciplinary Thomas Hunter Honors Program, which, with attentive advising, allows high-achieving students to create individualized courses of study. During her junior and senior years, intrigued especially by the decision-making aspect of politics, Hover took advantage of Hunter’s JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program, which prepares undergrads for careers in public policy and public service.