Since about fifth grade I have been interested both in history and politics, specifically European history and politics. The European studies minor at St. Lawrence helped me to tie my two passions together in a unique way and environment and allowed me to focus my attention on that part of foreign studies that truly grabbed my interest. While studying in Vienna I had the opportunity to learn about the politics of the European Union from a faculty member of the Austro-American Institute who regularly briefed the European Parliament on human rights issues. Studying abroad also helped me greatly improve my command of the German language. Before my time in Vienna, I had a hard time counting to ten in German. After a few extra years of study I can now speak it fluently. Living abroad also exposed me to a culture different from my own, but one that I fell in love with just the same.
Upon my return to the US, the European Studies minor allowed me to continue to focus my education on a subject that I loved. In the fall of my senior year, my European Studies minor culminated with an independent study and paper on the Prague Spring and Hungarian Revolution. I had the honor of presenting this paper at St. Lawrence in conjunction with the visit of a professor from the United Kingdom.