My name is Megan Turner and I am a senior from Southern California. I was in the World Politics UC from 2009-2010 where my eyes were really opened to what it meant to study international relations in Washington D.C. Living on the same floor with my classmates provided me with an opportunity to really interact and engage with the material. In addition, the speakers and labs we had shifted the material out of the classroom and demonstrated the applicability of the subject. Since then I have been accepted into the B.A./M.A. receiving my B.A. in International Relations and my M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. For a semester I studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya where I worked with an organization called Sisi ni Amani-Kenya which worked to strengthen existing networks of peace leaders using a technology-aided approach. In addition to interning with Sisi ni Amani-Kenya, I interned with five other organizations: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, American University ‘s Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services, Catalyst-IpF, The Fund for Peace, and Freely in Hope. This year I am writing my Honors Capstone on the effectiveness of NGOs in Kenya following their post election violence. I also work as a Resident Assistant for Congressional Hall on Tenley Campus and as an In Hall Mediator for South Campus. This summer I will be participating in the Rwanda Alternative Break Trip focusing on justice and healing after the genocide.
Hi, My name is Isbella Diaz and I was in the UC's College Writing Course: Understanding Evil for the Fall 2010 semester.
Coming to college was a large, nerve-wrecking transition for me. I'm originally from Southern California and have no family on the east coast. The farthest east in the U.S. I had ever been was Arizona. I was totally out of my comfort zone when first entering the brave, new world that is American University. That’s one of the main reasons I joined UC. I loved the idea of a living-learning community where I could meet people with similar interests as me, and foster academic as well as social relationships. It made the transition so much easier, and I learned so much from both the professor and my fellow classmates/floor-mates! So many memories from freshmen year stem from our “Evil” class with Professor Tamo.
Since UC, I’ve been keeping pretty busy! I’m majoring in print journalism with a minor in international studies. I was copy-editor for American’s Undergraduate Yearbook: The Talon. I am a Body Project Peer Leader at the Wellness Center. I was a SIS Gateway Mentor this past year and am now a Gateway Co-Chair. I am very involved with the Catholic Community here at AU and serve as a prayer writer. I’m also the Marketing and PR intern for Bon Appétit at AU, and work with the TDR chefs and retail dining businesses on campus.
The program allowed me to meet some of my best friends and also provided a rich learning environment. The field trips were unique learning experiences that allowed me to see the information I was taught in the classroom applied to the real world. I would definitely recommend this program to incoming freshmen.
UC has really turned the idea of dorm life on its head. I don't just live in a room; I live on a floor. Being able to walk up and down a hall and see my friends has made college life that much easier to get used to -- and more importantly, enjoy.