In Batumi! (Republic of Georgia)
1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been incredibly active in my department's Graduate Student Association, doing work as their Chair, Professional Development Officer, International Relations Representative, First-Year Representative, Admissions Committee Member and recently part of the Executive Board for their Women's Group. Outside of that, I help to promote UMD abroad when I am doing fieldwork, and make myself available through the embassy for any international students that want more information about UMD!
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has been incredibly helpful in making my dream of doing fieldwork in another country for my dissertation a possibility. I received a Fulbright to do so, and am collecting a large scale survey in the Republic of Georgia, but without the support of UMD and this scholarship, it would have been impossible. At any other school, I don't know that this would have even been a possibility.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I chose to attend the University of Maryland for three main reasons - the excellence of the education, the warm and supportive environment in my department, and the closeness to my family. Previous to UMD, I was in the Peace Corps, and while being abroad was amazing it really made it obvious to me how important it was, personally, for me to be close to my grandparents and aunts and uncles. I was so lucky that UMD exists - excellent scholarship in my chosen field, but one where I can stay close to those I love. My favorite part of being a Terp is probably the sense of community - I have made an amazing set of friends and mentors at UMD.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a PhD graduate student in the GVPT department! My first subfield is International Relations and my second subfield is Comparative Politics, but I focus on conflict and post-Communist countries. I came in class of 2013, and I hope to graduate in 2018!
What is your Hometown?
I was born in Ithaca, New York - then my parents and I moved to California, but my grandparents and extended family are all settled in Bowie, so I spent all my summers growing up in the DC area.