Additional Master's Degree(s): Master of International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 2012.
- Class of 2010
- IDP Minor(s): Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor
- Additional Major(s): Political Science
While At UCLA
Project Facilitator with FORGE; Kala Refugee Camp, Zambia (Summer 2007). Administrative Intern for CARE West Bank/Gaza; Occupied Palestinian Territory (Summer 2009). Project Director for Burma Community Builders; Mae Sot, Bumra (Spring 2010). Relief and Social Services Intern for UNRWA; Amman, Jordan and Jerusalem, Israel (Summer 2011). Project Manager for UNEP; Haiti (Spring 2012).
Extracurriculars: Bruins for Burma, UCLA for UNICEF, STAND, Intramural Soccer.
Awards: Chancellor's Service Award, Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award, Distinguished Senior Award, Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship, UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholar, Brad Sherman Political Science Scholarship, Political Science Highest Departmental Honors, College Honors
Undergraduate Research: Palestinian Unity Government with Adviser Prof. Steven Spiegel for Political Science Departmental Honors, Palestinian Unity Government presented at the National Undergraduate Research Conference 2010 and published in the proceedings.
After graduating from UCLA, I earned a Master's of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. I am currently working for the US Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer in their Conflict and Stabilization Operations Bureau. I work on the Middle East team, specifically on Syria issues.
Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students
Pursue some of the more unique niches within UCLA's expansive course offerings; follow your heart and give your all. Take chances and enter every experience with a positive attitude. Don't forget to have a sense of humor and take time to enjoy yourself. Explore the world, it's an amazing place.