I am an international student from Colombia. I was raised in a humanitarian-centered family, and throughout my middle and high school years I had the privilege of attending numerous Model United Nations conferences. After graduating from high school, I had the opportunity to take a gap year before coming to Penn State, spending half a year in France to better my French proficiency after having studied the language in school. Those opportunities, mixed with the environment where I grew up in pretty much sealed the deal on what I wanted to do with my life. Right now, I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international politics, with a minor in dispute management and resolution, as well as the Master of International Affairs degree here at Penn State.
I chose to come to Penn State for both my undergraduate and graduate studies because the College of the Liberal Arts and the School of International Affairs offer an integrated undergraduate-graduate program, which gives students the opportunity to work concurrently toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees. SIA offers a highly interdisciplinary and flexible program, which allows students to design a degree and concentration that fits their specific interests and career goals, providing students with the opportunity to take courses from across the university. With the outstanding faculty and staff, the students at SIA will gain a world class education, tools, and opportunities to grow, all tailored to help them reach their career goals. With this program, I can see myself reaching my dream of someday working for the United Nations.