As the granddaughter of Holocaust death camp survivors, Victoria Herrmann '12 has wanted to make the pledge of "never again" a reality for as long as she can remember.
It is to this end that she chose to major in international relations.
"On my wrist I wear a bracelet engraved with the Hebrew phrase, 'whatever will be I will make a difference,'" says Herrmann. "With my studies of international relations, I fully intend to do so."
Through courses such as great power politics and introduction to world politics, Herrmann hopes to learn the skills that will allow her to make a difference in the world.
"Ultimately, I want to work at the United Nations or through the United State's State Department to give a voice to those silenced in the international community – whether it be on issues of human rights violations or personal freedoms."
"I did not fathom that Lehigh would afford me the opportunity to have a U.N. badge as a representative at the age of 19."
As a result of Lehigh's Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations (U.N.) Department of Public Information, Herrmann is one step closer to achieving her goal. As part of the United Nations, Lehigh University partnership, a select group of Lehigh students are paired with an NGO from a developing country that does not have the financial means to send their own delegate to the U.N. headquarters in New York City. These students represent the NGO at weekly briefings and other conferences held at the U.N. Herrmann is a representative for Tarumitra, an Indian NGO.
"In my wildest dreams, I did not fathom that Lehigh would afford me the opportunity to have a U.N. badge as a representative at the age of 19," says Herrmann. "I have had dinner with the Afghani Ambassador and discussed the Copenhagen Conference with a Greek Ambassador, and that's just to name a few instances."
Herrmann's interest in international relations is also paired with a love of art which led her to take on an art history major. She is looking forward to attending graduate school abroad after completing her undergraduate degrees at Lehigh.
On the Record
Where is the best place to study? Linderman Library in the Rotunda for real work, but in Lucy's café if you're looking to procrastinate with friends.
Who is the best professor? Professor Narizny is really fun and facilitates great class discussions.
What is the best residence hall? Dravo. Is that even a question?