BAIS Class of 2013 Alumni Update

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JoannaBurlisonJoanna Burlison
(Culture, Societies and Values, Latin American Studies)
I've been working at NeighborCity Real Estate for over 6 months now and a few months ago I was promoted to the role of Client Advocate. NeighborCity is a customer service that introduces qualified home buyers and sellers all over the country to their best matched real estate agent and is the only resource in the industry for unbiased rankings of real estate agents. My responsibilities include managing up to 1,000 clients throughout their entire transaction processes, following up with Spanish speaking clients, and assisting our web development team to make sure our website and in house management systems are running smoothly. This is not what I expected to be doing, but I have learned so much so far and feel that I am putting my education into practical use. Having studied different cultures has allowed me to cater to a diverse cliental who are making the largest and most personal transaction of their lifetime. Having studied government and economics has assisted me in understanding the interconnectedness of entities and processes. I'm very grateful to have found a job in the city (shout out to DONS CAREERS!) and even more excited to see what the next 6 months will bring. (2/17/14)

Shereen KajoueeShereen Kajouee
(Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies)
I moved to DC at the end of July and started law school at American University Washington College of Law. We aren't permitted to work during the 1L year, but I've found other "non-work" opportunities to get involved in different activities. I'm currently writing a regional column for one of our school's publications, the Human Rights Brief, and finishing the process of getting my BAIS honors thesis published in USF's Peace Review and also Writing for a Real World. Additionally, I'm attending a meeting tomorrow to get involved with our school's chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. This June, I'll be studying international criminal law and international legal approaches to terrorism through my school's Summer Law Program in the Hague. (1/23/14)

Danielle SaroyanDanielle Saroyan
(Global Politics and Societies, European Studies)
Since graduation, I have focused on my graduate school studies. I am in my second semester of the Masters of Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California. I am currently the Alumni Relations liaison for the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars and the next Layout Editor for the USC Center of Public Diplomacy’s Magazine. I am also a grader & reader for various undergraduate courses, including Rich and Poor States in the World Political Economy, Religion and Violence, and Theories of War. Once I've earned my Master's degree, my hope is to join the Foreign Services. (2/9/14)