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Katherine Bowen-Williams(Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies)I am currently serving in Peace Corps Mongolia while working on my Master's in Conflict Analysis at George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I'm working at a Swiss NGO, Bayasgalant Kinderhilfe Mongolei, which provides students who live below the poverty line in the 9th ger district in Ulaanbaatar a safe space to do homework, play, and have three meals a day. My main job duties include teaching life skills; organizing a volunteerism club with local, city center high school and college Mongolian students who help at Bayasgalant; finding new resources for the center; and coming up with fun activities for the students, such as celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I served as a Mongolian Language Assistant to the new group of volunteers in-country this summer, and plans to disappear into the Mongolian countryside for Tsagaan Sar, the celebration of the lunar new year. (9/26/13)
Sophia Kleinsasser(Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies)I currently live in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. I love my job, teaching primary school English, and practicing my Bulgarian. A few months after graduation, I began a Fulbright English Teaching grant in a public Bulgarian high school. Since then, I have won an Open Society grant to support cultural diversity and community engagement with Bulgarian youth and, for the past two years, have led initial training for over 40 new American Fulbright teachers in Bulgaria. These activities have introduced me to many devoted professionals in civil society organizations, international governmental institutions and academia who inspire me to follow my own path.
In the future, I may apply for the Foreign Service, start an NGO focused on informal education, return to graduate school or do something I haven't thought of yet! My preparation as a USF BAIS student has helped me to adapt to new cultural situations with ease, understand different perspectives and appreciate complex global and social issues. I would highly recommend study abroad as a starting point for anyone (from any major) who wants to develop their interpersonal skills and begin a global career. (10/30/13)
Carlie Kralj(World Religions and Spiritualities, Latin American Studies)After graduating, I worked at Google for a year as a University Programs Coordinator, and I currently work at CBSInteractive as an Operations Coordinator. I also assist with Landmark Education in their Family Division. This is an unpaid role and I feel like it is a great way for me to continue making a difference. Currently, I lead introductions to Teens and Young People and I am the Registration Team Captain for the Teen Course. Also, the Jesuits must have rubbed off on me because I am enrolled at The French Class and since graduation have been taking lessons there. I now speak English, Spanish, and French. (8/31/12)
Vicente Lam(International Economics, Latin American Studies)After graduation, I moved back to Hong Kong and worked in web content management creating editorial content as well as copy for adverts and press releases. After about a year, I quit and used my savings to travel for several months, starting in South Africa and continuing on to Australia and New Zealand. I can now proudly say that I've been to six continents! After returning home to Hong Kong from my travels, I set about applying for postgraduate study. I applied to schools in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. I had a lot of help, with references from Professor Wydick and Professor Coffman, and without them, I do not know whether or not I would have gained a place at any of the universities I applied to. I am happy to say I have chosen to accept a place at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I will be doing a masters in Population and Development Studies and start in October. In the meantime, I have taken the summer to travel a little more, this time around Thailand. (8/3/12)
Derek Poppert(Global Politics and Societies, Latin American Studies)It's been an interesting time for me since graduation. I should start by saying that the previous June I was drafted in the Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners. I played one season of professional baseball that summer for one of their minor league teams in Virginia before returning to finish up my remaining units at USF the following fall. After graduation in December, I ended up making the most difficult decision of my life so far: to walk away from a career in professional baseball and my childhood dream of playing in the major leagues. The long story short is, I wanted to do something more with my life. I have new dreams of seeing the world and working towards a career dealing with such issues as human rights, poverty, international law, foreign policy, and political/social change.
Shortly after graduation I began an internship at The Commonwealth Club, here in San Francisco. I helped put on interviews and panel discussions regarding important national/international issues with prominent public figures such as politicians, economists, authors, filmmakers, scholars, and business leaders. I recently finished my internship and picked up a job at a ski shop in Berkeley that I plan to work for the next few months to save up some more money for my travels. I plan to get a one-way ticket to South America and make my way around various countries down there, starting in Peru. From South America I plan to fly to Spain where I will then explore Europe and parts of the Middle East. I will eventually return to the Bay Area, at which point I’ll probably be ready to begin my new career in earnest and prepare for graduate school. (11/2/11)
Diane Royal(Global Politics and Societies, European Studies)In December 2010 I graduated from USF and briefly worked at the non-profit organization, AIDS Walk San Francisco, as the Event Operations Coordinator. In August 2012, I received a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After traveling to Europe for two months in the fall of 2012, I returned to the U.S. and accepted a position as Project Coordinator for the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI), a project of the Public Health Institute. For the summers of 2013 and 2014, I am employed by Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada as Professor George Gmelch’s Research Assistant for “On the Move,” a project studying Employment Related Geographical Mobility (ERGM) in the Canadian context. In the next few years, I plan to continue my studies in pursuit of a PhD. I feel fortunate to remain closely connected with faculty mentors at USF, all of whom continue to play critical roles in my academic pursuits and personal life. I am deeply grateful for their guidance and support. It is because of them that attending USF became one of the best decisions I ever made! (8/6/13)
Jenta Russell(Environment and Development, Latin American Studies)A few years after graduating from USF, I find myself on an educational farm called Blackbird Farm in Northern California- 2.5 hour north of San Francosco, in a small town called Philo. Our farm contains hundreds of fruit trees, a ropes course, endless redwood forests, and a 1 acre actively farmed garden, which is my primary focus! For work, I get to garden all day and share/ teach the fruit-filled inspiration of gardening, nature, and self growth, with high school students. Our students are primarily from Los Angeles, many of them getting to experience the joys of nature and home grown food for the first time. (8/2/14)