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September 2023 – Martha Lewand
BA International Studies (International Security, Norms and Cooperation); minor, Law, Justice, and Social Change ‘24
Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
Affiliations: The Michigan Daily, Beta Alpha Rho Pre-law and Public Service Fraternity, Public Service Intern Program, Volunteer ESL Tutor for Paper Airplanes Nonprofit Organization
“My International Studies classes and major have inspired my passion for learning about different foreign languages and cultures.
During my junior year, I studied abroad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which was one of my most formative life experiences. A highlight included visiting The Hague — home of the Peace Palace, International Criminal Court and more. I am grateful that my International Studies major, along with the PICS study abroad fellowship, made it easier and more enjoyable for me to partake in the program.
Additionally, I have taken both Spanish and Arabic language classes as a part of my major, inspiring my path to becoming a volunteer ESL tutor for a refugee.
Overall, the PICS department has been extremely helpful in my academic and professional journeys. I am excited to utilize the knowledge I have gained from my major in my post-graduate career.”
Future Plans: “After graduation, I hope to teach English abroad or work in the public service sphere in Washington D.C. Down the line, I plan to pursue a master's degree in International Security or Global Communication.”