Before coming to the Penn State School of International Affairs, I earned my B.A. degree in philosophy and Francophone studies from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. I also had the opportunity to study abroad in Senegal, France, and Ethiopia. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I focused on reasoning, ethics, the French language, colonialism, development, global cultures, and international relations. After graduating, I worked at nonprofit organizations in New York City focusing on closing the education gap, training students in professionalism, and promoting awareness of social justice and human rights issues. These experiences, in addition to my desire to continue traveling and learning throughout my career, led me to become interested in international affairs.
I choose SIA not only because it presents countless professional opportunities for its students, but also because it provides incredible support and flexibility for its students. Joining SIA allows you to be part of a tight-knit family and alumni network, while having access to the larger Penn State community. Our activities at SIA, including negotiation simulations, workshops, guest speakers, and class trips thus far, have made my experience unique and extremely productive to my career advancement and professional development.