Favorite book and why?
I don’t really have a favorite book but a series. Cherub, it’s a book series in the vein of Alex Rider where kids are spies. I read it when I was younger and fell in love with it and go back and reread it every few years. I like it because it is grounded in reality and there really isn’t anything over the top like other spy fiction.
Favorite movie and why?
I am not really a movie person, but I do watch a lot of television, so I'll give you my favorite show instead. Psych, it’s a sherlock Holmes sort of show where this guy pretends to be psychic and helps solve cases for the police department. I like it because it’s a fun lighthearted show that’s easy to digest and I usually just put it on for background watching.
Why did you choose your majors?
I chose Global Studies because I knew that I wanted to do something international whether that be working for a multinational company or for the government. I think that it covers such a broad range of topics, that everyone could easily fit it in as a major/minor even as a business/engineering/economics major. With Global Studies you learn so much about the world that an employer will always see that as a plus. For History, I just have a general interest in history, and it pairs well with Global Studies. And German, I chose this because I knew I wanted to learn another language and I took German in high school, so I decided to continue it. For my minors I added those on after the fact, realizing that I could get them with very little extra work and that they interested me.
All the German classes I've taken have been really fun and interesting, especially if they are taught by Professor Dawson. He brings such a fun atmosphere to class that makes me really excited to learn German. Most of the Poly-Sci/National Security Studies classes I have taken have also been really good. Most of the classes have been a mix between half lecture half in-class projects/exercises/assignments. This method really suits me and has made those classes very fun and interesting
In the spring and summer of 2022, I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany. There I was able to take German language classes and massively improve my German. During this program I was also able to get an internship at a company called Polyspektiv. The company produced new and interesting ways to teach about politics whether that be from creating a board game or role-playing games. During my time there I helped brainstorm new ideas, research for projects they were working on, and help with their role-playing games. This internship helped me gain a broader understanding of German politics and the European Union. I think everybody, if they can, should go study abroad. It’s such a fun experience and also helps you gain new perspectives on the world and other people.
After I graduate, I plan on either joining the Peace Corps or going to teach English abroad. My long-term plan is to work for the US state department.