Strengthening national security through critical language and culture expertise
As a Boren Scholar, I studied abroad in China for four months to enhance my degree in East Asia Pacific Studies. Bridging my experience as an ROTC Cadet as an undergrad, I am currently serving my active duty service commitment as an officer in the US Army.
I studied in Cairo at the American University of Cairo and Al-Azhar University. It was a very dynamic time to be in Egypt as there were frequent protests and I would walk to class past rows of black clad police in riot gear trying to intimidate anyone who sought to challenge the power of the State. I had been studying the Middle East for the previous two years in America but there is really no substitute for spending time in the region.
My participation in the EHLS program provided me with exposure to different agencies. We visited the CIA, DIA, USDA, and others. Recruiters from agencies including the Department of State and the FBI came to talk to us. These visits provided opportunities to ask questions relating to the employment process and the security clearance process in the agencies. The job search workshops on writing the federal resume and practicing interview skills were handy and practical in my federal job search. I now work in financial management at Immigration and Naturalization Services within the Department of Homeland Security.
As a Flagship Fellow, I pursued intensive Korean on the Flagship program at the University of Hawaii and at Korea University in Seoul. In addition to a BA in History with an Economics concentration, I earned master's degrees in Asian studies and Liberal Arts. After graduation I joined the Korea and Taiwan Affairs section at the Office of Pacific Rim in the Market Access and Compliance division of the International Trade Administration in the Commerce Department.