Originally Posted: May 8, 2018
Karly Zrake’s degrees will fulfill her lifelong dream to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Karly Zrake came to SMU from her home in San Diego four years ago for one reason: SMU is one of only a handful of universities that offer an undergraduate degree in human rights.
She was already discovering her life’s passion at age 7, when the second-grader and her mother developed an educationally enriching program for students with special needs. By eighth grade, Karly was raising money that would allow students with special needs to attend therapeutic music camps. And by high school, she was campaigning against bullying.
When Karly collects B.A. degrees in human rights and anthropology from SMU on May 19, it will be obvious that following her dream has delivered more than a diploma: Her time at SMU earned her membership in six honor societies, four major scholarships and fellowships, and leadership roles in a diverse mix of student groups.
Oh – and she was elected 2017 Homecoming Queen. She also just received the highest honor the University can bestow upon a student, the “M” Award. But if you ask Karly, her crowning achievement has been engaging in the empowering experiences offered by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. READ MORE