Without the International Studies advising staff, Alexandra Lubczuk doubts she would have gotten as much out of her time at the University of Michigan.

“I’ve gone to the advisors multiple times every semester with questions about studying abroad or if I was on track and … every time I talked to them, they would be very reassuring and say they could hear my passion in whatever I was talking about and that I’m going to succeed. Now I have multiple paths I can see myself pursuing thanks to their advice,” Lubczuk said.

In an effort to explore as many educational pathways as she could, Lubczuk studied abroad in Morocco for a semester and has been abroad every summer of college. She said this process would not have been as easy without the flexibility of an International Studies degree.

“Encouraging PICS students to take the opportunity to study abroad is really important for impacting one’s perspective and is something I’m glad the Program in International and Comparative Studies emphasizes,” Lubczuk said.

Lubczuk will be completing a Master of Management through the Ross School of Business after graduation.

Alexandra Lubczuk

BA International Studies (International Security, Norms and Cooperation); minor in Law, Justice and Social Change ‘20

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Affiliations: AIESEC, SAPAC (CORE), First-Year Experience: Relationship Remix, Dance Marathon

Future plans: “I will be pursuing a Master of Management at the Ross School of Business at U of M. I will also be a Graduate Coordinator for the First-Year Experience Community Matters programming at U of M.”

Fondest memory of her experience in PICS: “My fondest memory from PICS is the wonderful advisors and amazing faculty who have offered me kindness and support throughout my undergraduate journey.”

Is there anything you would like to express to your peers, parents, professors, or others?:

“I would like to thank my Mom who inspired my love for travel and learning about new cultures & for always being there for me when I needed a push in addressing my procrastination habits (which I also got from her).”