Drury Spotlight: Nargiss Pourmand
Nargiss Pourmand is a shining example within the 29 current triple-major enrollees at Drury. A combination of political science, mathematics, and French, Nargiss also seeks to complete a minor in Middle East studies.
Although originating from California, with her father a Mizzou alumnus and her mother a native Missourian, Nargiss was interested in following her father’s academic footsteps. During her senior year of high school, her family moved to Missouri, where upon noticing her appreciation for smaller class sizes, Nargiss’ counselor suggested she research Drury. “Coming from California, I didn’t even know universities like Drury existed,” she explained. “I grew up in an environment where the only universities you heard about were large colleges with large class sizes, and very little teacher-student connection. I assumed that once you got to college, you’d just become a number.”
Though confessing her main passion to be political science, Nargiss emphasized the importance of her other two degrees and how they synchronize well with her primary major. “Math is so important in this day and age,” she noted. “It’s become the foundation for so many things.” Nargiss added how her math major has benefited her in political science. “Political science surprisingly requires a lot of math and statistical data analysis. I realized firsthand that the more I studied mathematics, the more it benefited me in the long term.”
“With regard to my French major, I wasn’t sure at first whether I wanted to continue with it,” Nargiss said. However after a discussion with her advisor, he suggested keeping it, expressing how being familiar with other languages offers many opportunities. As she continued to refine her language skills and become more informed on the culture, Nargiss became confident in her decision. “Being able to speak multiple languages is advantageous in today’s world. So many doors open from internships, to graduate schools, to even potential careers.”
In terms of future plans, Nargiss expressed interest in a career with the United Nations. After taking a course dedicated to preparing students for attending the Midwest Model United Nations conference in St. Louis, she remains fascinated by the institution. “The experience was amazing; you’re with hundreds of students from universities all over the Midwest, functioning as representatives of over a hundred countries. I was privileged to get a position on the Security Council.” She described how dealing with current global issues and real-time crises pushed her to utilize the knowledge acquired from all of her degrees, and the experience continues to persuade her ideas for the future.
While discussing her majors, Nargiss attributes much of her academic success to her professors. “One of the greatest things about Drury is that your teachers know you. They know your strengths and weaknesses, and help you to become the best version of yourself that you can be.” She continued to praise her professors from all three departments, “you can tell how much they love their jobs by how encouraging and helpful they are. You’re just not going to get that kind of support and attention anywhere else.”