Allison, SIS/BA '14
It is ironic, in a way, that I knew I wanted to be a Global Scholar the minute I heard about the program, considering I had lived sixteen out of my seventeen years in the US., and was therefore not very global. After living in France for one year, I knew I wanted to study and work in international relations. And here was an accelerated program that promised exactly what I needed to get there – special classes and attention, summer study abroad opportunities, a community of peers – and all in Washington D.C.! But after two wonderful semesters at American University, I embarked on a new adventure and decided to study abroad. I went to study abroad in Cambridge for the summer and Brussels for the fall. In Cambridge, I saw first-hand how academics on the far side of the pond really regard emerging threats to global security. Brussels, on the other hand, has been completely different, but also an incredible experience. Here I spend half my week learning all about the European Union, and the other half I spend getting practical experience with EU contracts. I have always been fascinated by diplomacy in international relations in the context of conflict, and it has been truly extraordinary to see how real an effect the European Union institutions have had on peace in the region. But even after my fantastic time studying abroad, I cannot wait to get back to life at American University - my clubs, sorority sisters, and of course, my lovely fellow Global Scholars!