My name is Margaret "Maggie" Pence. I am entering my third year at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in South Dakota in May, 2010. I began taking courses at Mankato in August, 2010. At Mankato, I am double majoring in International Relations and Communication Studies while also participating on the University's Forensics team.
The words of American author Howard Thurman have been the guiding factor to my personal decisions. Thurman once wrote "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Reflecting upon Thurman's words, I have decided to pursue a career path that may not seem the most lucrative, but it is the one that I am passionate about. My time in Speech and Debate (Forensics) has helped me develop a passion for foreign affairs and government service. Because of my interests, I have decided to pursue a career in Foreign Service and to become a diplomat and foreign analyst for the United States.
My progress to becoming a member of the United States Foreign Service has not been the most straightforward; however, each step of the journey has been critical for my development as an individual. For visitors wishing to understand my professional growth, I have developed this Efolio page. Featured in this site are specifics about my education, work, and volunteer experience, the work I have done with my International Relations and Communication Studies majors, and my involvement in the Forensics and Honors programs.