I am a recent Global Studies graduate at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB). I currently am employed as Program Manager at the Center for University Studies and Programs. My coursework in communication, policy processes, International Political Economy, statistics, civil rights, and political institutions prepared me to work in the diverse environment of higher education. The interdisciplinary education model of UW Bothell gave me the skills and confidence to advise students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the public. Developing and leading the Debate Society while attending UW Bothell enhanced my leadership, communication, and organizational skills. Through the Global Studies and Policy Studies minor, I developed my skills in collaboration, multi¬tasking, program evaluation, customer service, communication, and policy analysis.
As soon as I got admitted as a transfer student in the Summer of 2010, I set an appointment with the Career Center to create a roadmap for my time here at UW Bothell. I met with Kimberly Wilson, a career counselor, and had a fruitful meeting by the end of which I was applying to my first Student Assistant position. Because I took the initiative of visiting the career center before I even started here, I managed to undertake enriching experiences that included interning at the Washington State Legislature and the World Affairs Council; working as a student Assistant for Student Services and engaging in the campus community. These experiences translated well on my resume as well and made me employable after I graduated. So if there is one piece of advice I can offer to all Global Studies students, it is to take professional development just as seriously as academic work and visit the Career Center ASAP.