Prior to beginning my studies at Penn State’s School of International Affairs, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Georgia Southern University. During my undergraduate studies, I focused my attention on security, conflict, and diplomacy within North Africa and the Middle East while also conducting research on domestic terrorism within the United States. From the very beginning of my time within the field of international affairs, I knew that I wanted a career that would allow me to both travel to different regions and help the world become an even safer and interconnected place. As a recent recipient of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship from the Department of State, I knew that Penn State’s School of International Affairs was the perfect fit for me.
I chose the School of International Affairs because of the immense and numerous opportunities that it presents for its students. Whether it’s participating in intense nuclear simulations with the U.S. Army War College or traveling the world with other students on one of the semester immersion/ study abroad trips offered through the university, the School of International Affairs stands ready and willing to take you to the next level of your career. Also with smaller class sizes, there is nothing better than walking in on the first day of class and having your professors know your name and willing to get to know you on an individual level. When you become a student of SIA, you become a member of the Penn State family both here in Happy Valley as well as throughout the world.