At GVSU, I majored in Political Science and minored in International Relations and Philosophy. I was also a dual-degree participant in STAIR. Since graduating from GVSU in 2011, I moved to Washington, D.C. when I got accepted to American University's School of International Service. I am currently working on my MA in Ethics, Peace, & Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice. I will be graduating this May and have had the opportunity to work for organizations and issues that matter to me since moving to D.C. I have worked for a non-profit that focuses on anti-trafficking efforts, and I currently work for the State Department. I'm a Pathways intern (a paid student internship program aimed at recruiting and training students with the goal of hiring them upon graduation) working in the Consular Affairs Bureau and am very confident that I will have a full-time position here after completing my Master's program.
The classes, professors, and opportunities at GVSU helped to prepare me for my current path in very important ways. Through the study abroad programs I participated in, I learned the importance of seizing upon opportunities and experiences that may seem challenging and potentially out of my comfort zone; those opportunities have continued to payoff for me in a variety of ways because I took the risk. Even though a MA program is much more challenging than my Bachelor’s degree was, the professors and classes at GVSU helped to prepare me for the upcoming trials and environment in graduate school.