Year Graduated: April 2012
Major at Michigan
Double major in Political Science and International Studies; minor in German
Share the story of why you chose your major?
I was so overwhelmed by the number and variety of majors at Michigan. Honestly, my freshman year, every class I took seemed interesting and exciting. But I am definitely someone who likes to cover all of the possibilities before making a final decision. So, I took a lot of classes early on to test a little bit of everything. Eventually I chose majors and minors based on what excited me the most. Take the classes in which you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, wanting to raise your hand and challenge yourself and those around you. Those are the qualities you want in your academics and ultimately in your career.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
I was very involved in my sorority and other student organizations. Most importantly, I participated in the Public Service Intern Program as a sophomore and went on to lead the program as a junior and senior. My experience with the program significantly defined my time at Michigan because it helped me form my career goals and develop as a young professional. And of course, I enjoyed the every football Saturday and lying in the sun on the Diag.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
One of the coolest parts of my job is the regular contact I have with extremely successful and knowledgeable people in DC, the US and around the world. On a daily basis, I am speaking and working with people who have incredible experience and stories to share. Just yesterday, I spoke with officials in Ireland. I love that I get to learn about issues in all corners of the world and how they affect the global economy.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
I want to advance my career in governmental relations. I would love to stay in DC, but if the right opportunity came along, I could see myself exploring the field in Europe. Eventually, I would love to go back to school for a graduate degree in law or policy.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
Experiment! Honestly, when I got to Michigan, I thought I wanted to be a psychiatrist, then a dentist, then a language expert, then a businesswoman, until I finally landed on a career in politics. You’ve got to experiment with all fields through classes, internships, jobs and conversations with current professionals. Education, practical experience or even just advice can significantly shift your career path.
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