I I’m interested in undertaking an in-depth study




I look forward
to the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead at your university and I
thank you for the careful consideration of my application. 

While I am
eager to work with all of the Virginia Tech faculty members if accepted into
the program, I am particularly interested in continuing to work with and learn
from Patricia Nickels. I had the privilege of taking Global Governance from Dr.
Nickels in Spring 2017. The class was centered around research, class
discussions, and writing. The format of the class helped me increase my
confidence as a student, writer, and researcher.

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Even though my
research interests are still evolving, I’m interested in undertaking an
in-depth study into the themes of global communication, food security, migrant
issues and African affairs, four areas in which I developed an interest in
during undergraduate study. In addition to these subject areas inspiring a deep
intellectual curiosity, I am also interested in working within one of these
fields in my future career. 

While my
diverse educational and professional background has provided me with insight
into many different topics, pursuing a Masters of Public and International
Affairs (MPIA) at Virginia Tech would help me focus my interests and hone my
knowledge of governance and globalization. I believe the MPIA program is a
unique opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a
wide variety of professional roles within the spheres of international
relations, global communication, and public policy. I am particularly attracted
to the fact that the program is interdisciplinary and allows students to study
international affairs from the perspectives of many academic disciplines.

graduating from the University of Utah, I have gained a more practical
understanding of international affairs and communication through holding
internships and full-time positions with a variety of private and public sector
organizations. At present, I’m a government contractor supporting the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security. Specifically, I work as a Communications
Specialist with Customs and Border Protection. The role has given me a
fascinating insight into diverging opinions on immigration, politics and
national security. 

Even though I
learned a great deal at the University of Utah through activities, classes, and
international experiences, my mediocre undergraduate GPA is not reflective of
my current capabilities or desire to excel. I received low grades in some
classes for various reasons including medical issues and a lack of focus and
effort. I have matured a great deal since receiving my undergraduate degrees
and I’ve gained the determination and focus that I lacked. I was admitted to Virginia
Tech as a Commonwealth Campus student in spring 2017 and enrolled in Global
Governance with Dr. Patricia Nickel. I learned a great deal in the course and
received an ‘A’ in the class. Performing well in this class demonstrates that I
possess the intellectual capabilities and work ethic necessary to succeed in
graduate-level courses.

while completing my undergraduate degrees, I was selected as an Oxfam Change
Leader, received two writing scholarships, and completed several journalism
internships. I wrote for several student publications including a cultural
magazine and the daily newspaper. I also volunteered on a political campaign
and as an English tutor in the Salt Lake City area.  In performing those duties, I demonstrated my
willingness to contribute to both the student community and the social

while volunteering with a
microfinance non-governmental organization for three months in rural
Uganda.  During my sophomore year, I
taught English for a semester in Tokyo, Japan and volunteered in an orphanage
in Ensenada, Mexico. Shortly after graduation, I traveled independently for
five months in Southeast Asia, Central America and India, volunteering with
several non-governmental organizations along the way.  Most of these experiences abroad were
challenging, but all of them taught me something unique about the human


completing my undergraduate degrees, I sought out opportunities to gain further
knowledge of international issues by traveling and working in nearly twenty
countries in Asia, Africa, and Central America. 
As a freshman, I lived with a Muslim, polygamous host family

At the
University of Utah, I majored in International Studies, Economics and Mass
Communication. Completing these degree programs not only fostered my enthusiasm
to pursue further education, but was ideal preparation for graduate study in
international affairs as a result of the theoretical and practical knowledge I
acquired by taking classes such as political analysis, cross-cultural
communication, international economics, and poverty and inequality. Taking
courses such as this encouraged me to approach international affairs from an
interdisciplinary perspective whenever possible, an approach I would like to
continue in my graduate education.

My first experience abroad
occurred when I participated in a summer language study program in Italy at the
age of seventeen. Studying Italian and living with a Sicilian host family
solidified my intent to study international affairs in college.

As a child
growing up in a traditional, conservative household in Utah, I was fascinated
by global affairs, travel and culture.  I
had the urge to explore and understand different ways of life when so many
around me were scared and even threatened by the unknown.

As the world
becomes increasingly more connected and interdependent as a consequence of
globalization, a solid understanding of governance, security, and international
politics is key for all professionals, particularly those interested in working
in international affairs. As an individual who plans on pursuing a career in
the complex global communications field, I want to better understand global
affairs and information and their implications for governance and security.



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