Political Science and International Development Studies dual major
Class of 2015
After graduation, I spent a month in Norway helping a man rebuild his boat and working on an organic goat farm through the Workaway program. Then I moved to Salem., Oregon, for a position with an organization called FoodCorps, teaching children about farming, nutrition, and the benefits of eating fresh, healthy food.
How my education prepared me
I had the opportunity to study abroad in Tanzania, and that chance to leave New York and see a different part of the world really gave me a great interest in farming and the good it brings to people's lives.
I had the opportunity to study abroad in Tanzania, and that chance to leave New York and see a different part of the world really gave me a great interest in farming and the good that it brings to people’s lives. The emphasis of the program was on HIV prevention and improving people’s lives who had HIV, so a big part of that was talking about how good nutrition and exercise can be the best medicine. We would teach people about natural remedies, like garlic for fatigue. They’re an agricultural community so they knew a lot of that stuff, but we brought new technology, like rain recycling and wastewater recycling. We found that just a little bit of technology helped to improve their already great knowledge about farming.
How I found my path
I’ve always been interested how politics affected people’s lives. I initially started studying American politics and election politics in particular, but I worked on some congressional campaigns and I didn’t really enjoy myself; I didn’t feel like I fit in there. So I had some second thoughts about the major, but when I went abroad it really solidified what I wanted to do, which was work with farming and more tangible things involving politics. I decided to add the International Development Studies major right when the college added it to the curriculum, which was the first semester of my sophomore year. I was one of the first students to sign up for the major, and one of the requirements was that you study abroad. So I went on the hunt for a program, and a month after joining the major, I ended up going to Tanzania. It was a rapid experience but it worked out for the best.
Most memorable experience
One of my best experiences here at Oneonta was working at the International Education office. I had the opportunity to work with American students looking to study abroad, I got to hear a lot of different stories about why people wanted to go to different parts of the world, and I also had the opportunity to work with international students coming to America, especially students from East Asia. Seeing so much interest and excitement about being here at Oneonta kind of reminded me why I love the place so much.
What I'll miss most
I’ll definitely miss having a lot of free time to explore the woods. I won’t miss the winters so much, but the spring and the early fall are very beautiful. I spend a lot of my free time outside, enjoying swimming and hiking and mountain biking.