I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and attended Penn State University, University Park campus, for four years in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a minor in history. I am currently a first-year student here at SIA, pursuing a concentration in international security studies and nontraditional security threats. Before coming back to Penn State for graduate school, I worked as a research intern for the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis.
I chose SIA over other international affairs programs in large part because of the flexibility of the program, the incredible faculty and staff, the other students and their experience, and the resources Penn State offers. At SIA, there is an incredible amount of flexibility in tailoring your studies to whatever interests you; whether it’s Middle East studies, international business and economics, environment and resource studies, or a truly unique concentration of your choice, there are enormous opportunities. At SIA the faculty members are not only world-class scholars and accomplished professionals, but also extremely helpful, welcoming, and sincerely wish for you to succeed. The staff works tirelessly to make sure we get the best experience and opportunities we can as students, and your fellow classmates become some of your best friends. In addition to all of this, the entirety of the Penn State University system is at your disposal: classes across campus, unlimited access to databases through the Penn State library system, and one of the largest alumni networks in the world.