Current: I am the Travel Coordinator for the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. While there was a certain amount of luck involved in obtaining this position, I give significant credit to the faculty at UWRF for helping to prepare me to take on a roll I never imagined I would hold.
Past: Though I majored in History, the professors at UWRF, especially my advisor Dr. Kiril Petkov, helped to develop my ability to take on unknown challenges in the future. The courses I took (History of the Islamic Middle East, History of the European Middle Ages, History of East Asia, among others) introduced me to cultures different from my own and taught me about the world beyond my own experience.
Beyond that simple introduction the professors challenged me to develop the skills to read and understand primary documents objectively, synthesize what I learned into a cogent argument, and sustain that argument with facts. These skills alone served me in graduate school and beyond, better than any hard facts or rote memorization ever could. When I was a student at UWRF, I never thought I would eventually be able to work with the dedicated people who shape diplomacy and foreign policy for our country, but I am thankful that Dr. Petkov and the other professors at UWRF were able to teach me how I could.
I graduated UWRF in 2010 and went to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota from 2013-2015 for my master's degree in global public policy.