BAIS Class of 2013 Alumni Update

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BernieVeronicaVeronica Bernie
(Culture, Societies and Values, European Studies)
Since leaving San Francisco, I spent the summer traveling throughout Southeast Asia and volunteering in immigration and literacy advocacy in Los Angeles. In the fall, I began my Master’s degree in International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics. My undergraduate thesis on citizenship prompted me to continue researching this field, and thus, I’m currently finishing my dissertation on Dual Citizenship – An Economic Strategy for Developing Countries. It’s been an amazing past few months in London, but I’ll be seeking employment in an international organization, non-profit, or think tank back in the US. (7/25/14)

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)

Leslie MitchellLeslie Mitchell
(Global Politics and Societies, African Studies)
Three months after graduating I moved to Asia and earned a TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) certification through a 4-week program with the company LanguageCorps.  For the past 10 months, I have been living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon.  I now teach English to both Vietnamese and Korean students from ages 3-18 at two different schools.  My experience living and working abroad has been more amazing, fun, challenging and empowering than I could have imagined.  I am not sure how long I will remain happy being an English teacher, but for the time being I find my job to be mostly fun, creative and rewarding.  Since living in Asia, I have had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia, Thailand and all over Vietnam.  My travel plans for the near future involve Malaysia, Sri Lanka and China.  Had I not participated in the BAIS program, I never would have considered a life abroad or felt prepared to immerse myself in new cultures this way. (7/30/14)

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)