“As a student who did not initially start my academic life in the International and Global Studies program, my transition to a student within the College of Liberal Arts has been my best decision while at RIT. I immediately felt a great sense of belonging as my passions and aspirations finally aligned with my faculty and peers. The academic support and guidance from my advisors and our career services coordinator have significantly influenced my personal and professional development both within and outside of RIT.
Rochester is an excellent city for my interests in conflict resolution and international trauma. Each year, hundreds of refugees arrive to our city seeking a better life – and I’ve had the honor of helping these individuals adjust to the area and new culture through local grassroots agencies. I studied abroad during the summer of my third year in Pristina, Kosovo, as a participant in the Peace Building Post-Conflict Transformation and Development Program. Our instructors were former practitioners in the reconstruction of Kosovo following its newly established independence. With an international cohort of students, not only did the world become a much smaller place, but I was also learning of real-time issues in an emerging country. Needless to say, this was the best summer of my life – and I’m planning to return for research purposes.
As a student at RIT, I’m the International Student Outreach Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts. My time spent abroad was invaluable and exciting – and it’s my goal to ensure our students have the same experience and support available. Because my courses have a strong understanding of globalization, I’ve thrived as an intern with the United Nations Association of Rochester and have networked with diplomats and professionals in the field of conflict resolution from across the globe.”
Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega (National Service Fraternity), English Language Center Conversation Partner, International Student Outreach, United Nations Association of Rochester, Global Youth Connect (Human Rights USA Delegation), Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor.