Read about this month’s International Studies Alumni Spotlight. Alumni were asked to share how their International Studies major or minor has influenced their path after graduating from the University of Michigan.
BA International Studies (International Security, Norms and Cooperation); BA Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies ‘13
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
University of Michigan Affiliations: Rotaract Club (President, International Service Chair), Global Scholars Program (Elected Advisory Councilmember, Academic Peer Leader), U.S. Department of Education FLAS Fellow, Dean of Student Affairs Advisory Council (Elected Councilmember)
“The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) gave me an excellent foundation to pursue a cross-cultural professional career in Central Asia. I've been living and working in Kazakhstan for over the past five years across consulting, education, and IT. Currently, I am the Head of Partnerships at Farel. In addition to the exceptional language training, PICS gave me the softer skills needed to understand various intercultural contexts, assumptions, and kindled the desire to seek the commonalities rather than the differences when living abroad.”