This spring I graduated with a major in International relations and a minor in German. I also received the GVSU award for the top IR graduating student. In the summer of 2015, I studied in Rwanda with Global Youth Connect and its partner, the New School of Eugene Lang College (NYC). Together with eight other students, I studied the 1994 genocide in Rwanda genocide and the progression of human rights there since then. We worked with ten Rwandans throughout the three weeks, discussing different views of human rights, the implications of genocide, and the healing process throughout the country. In fact, two of our participants had been refugees at Kiziba and Gihembe refugee camps. Throughout the trip, we visited genocide memorials, volunteered at a variety of organizations, helped with community service (Umuganda), and visited a reconciliation village (where killers and survivors of the genocide live side-by-side).
While at GVSU, I was an active participant and officer in the International Relations Organization (IRO). I also participated in the Model European Union program under the guidance of Professor John Constantelos. As part of the European Union course, we researched EU countries and represented them at the regional meeting of the Model EU at Indiana University in Bloomington. I recommend both the Model EU program and Global Youth Connect (in Rwanda or Bosnia) for international relations students at GVSU.
I recently accepted a position working in Washington, D.C., for Stones’ Phones, a firm specializing in political strategizing and messaging.