Brant Vermeer ’19
Pella, Iowa
Brant Vermeer

Politically engaged

A double major in political science and economics, Brant plans to move to Washington, D.C., after graduation and work as a legislative aide. To prepare, he's spent the past two summers in D.C. interning for Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. On campus, he's a resident assistant, vice president of the Student Government Association, features co-editor for Northwestern's student newspaper, and a member of the Red Raider soccer team.

Major debate

I decided on a political science major because I was always interested in debates. In high school, I'd typically argue on the less popular side of an issue—just because it was fun to try to come up with arguments to make people think about an issue in a different way. As I continued through high school, I became interested in government and public policy, which solidified my interest in political science. 

Principled profs

The strengths of Northwestern's political science department are the professors. Drs. VanDerWerff and Young do an excellent job of assigning interesting readings, facilitating meaningful class discussion, and showing a personal interest in the students they teach. They're very knowledgeable in the field, and show a passionate interest in what they are teaching.

God in government

At Northwestern I've been challenged to think about how to integrate my faith into politics. It's showed me there isn't just one type of Christian politician. Many people think that Republican and Christian are synonymous, when in reality it is much more complex than that. Studying political science has challenged me to think about how we could improve the policy of our nation, and my faith influences my ideas about how to do that—what instruments might make that possible.

Poly sci: The write major

Majoring in political science prepares any student for a variety of jobs. It teaches you how to analyze policy, how to read and comprehend tough material, and how to communicate your viewpoints effectively. Most importantly, a political science major is tasked with large amounts of writing. In today's job market, being able to communicate effectively, especially through writing, is paramount. Northwestern's political science major ensures that students get a multitude of writing experience before graduation.

Strong leadership

There are many great leadership opportunities at Northwestern. I am involved in student government, which challenges me to hear what my peers want and to try to advocate for meaningful change on campus. I write for the school newspaper, so I help plan what will go in the paper and to try to understand what Northwestern students will be interested in. I am also an RA [resident assistant], which challenges me to build a strong community among the guys on my floor, as well as to reach out to younger students and offer advice and support.