When I came to Saint Lawrence, I knew that I wanted to major in Government, though I was unsure where my interests would take me within the field. After taking International Relations and multiple classes on the Middle East, as well as Arabic, I realized that my passion was Middle Eastern Politics and Security Studies. My coursework has been dedicated to this concentration, and has included extensive research on the unrest in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the security strategies that have been instituted to address it.
I have begun preparation for my Senior Honors Thesis, which will compare the ways in which The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan addressed Palestinian and Syrian refugees, and the implications that this has had for the relative stability of the Kingdom. This summer, I will be travelling to Jordan both to improve my colloquial Arabic, and also to conduct research for my Honors Thesis. While I am there, I plan to travel around the country, as well as to Israel and the Occupied Territories. I am looking forward to the opportunity to apply what I have learned and immerse myself in the culture that I have devoted my studies to.