in partnership
SU Residence and Housing Association Casino Night

Ambassador-in-Training: MacKenzie Gaddy Goes Global at Seattle University

How much time each day do you devote to the things that truly matter to you? Coursework and extracurricular activities keep Seattle University senior MacKenzie Gaddy busy. But to her, it’s time well spent.

MacKenzie, who is pursuing a double major in political science and humanities for leadership, aspires to become an ambassador someday—and the skills she’s building at Seattle U will serve her well.

The professors include diverse subject matters in their curriculums to broaden students’ perspectives. “In political science,” MacKenzie says, “we read Machiavelli and Hobbes and all of the theorists you’d expect, but also Sun Tzu. We try to explore the commonalities among diverse groups of people (and) the human element they share.”

One of MacKenzie’s most valuable learning experiences came through her education abroad at Uppsala University in Sweden. “Many universities don’t give students the opportunity to study abroad, so I feel really lucky that I got that chance,” she says. “Taking a political science class with people from so many countries—England, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and France—gave me firsthand exposure to diverse perspectives and discussion in an international context.”

Classes and studying don’t, of course, consume all of MacKenzie’s time. For all four years of college she has helped to organize Seattle University’s Dance Marathon, a nationwide youth-led fundraiser that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Seattle U’s Dance Marathon supports Seattle Children’s Hospital. The steering committee, upon which MacKenzie currently serves as Director of Internal Affairs, organizes five fundraising events throughout the academic year including the 16-hour Dance Marathon. The event attracts hundreds of students as well as members of the local community and families from the hospital.

When MacKenzie talks about her involvement, her passion and emotional investment are very clear. “I don’t even know how many hours a week I spend on it but it’s such a pleasure to be doing this for the kids,” she explains. “I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity and to feel so invested in a cause and to know that the work we’re doing makes a difference.”

MacKenzie also works part-time at Starbucks, where she loves interacting with the regulars, and enjoys intramural sports with friends.

A panoply of experiences at Seattle University have prepared MacKenzie for her next steps both professionally and personally. She hopes to return to Uppsala and enroll in the university’s renowned masters’ program in peace and conflict studies.

Seattle University empowered MacKenzie to explore opportunities that were transformational and impactful. Discover the opportunities that await you at