International studies and criminal justice, 2009
Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at U.S. Department of State
Although I work for the U.S. Department of State, I get to spend a lot of time in Africa, working on stopping the international drug trade.
As a foreign affairs officer, I am on a mission to make the world a safer place. I credit my degree from Lycoming for providing me with the background in criminal justice and international affairs that I use every day.
A class by Dr. McCall opened my eyes to gender issues, and I have taken the lessons learned to apply them to justice sector reform work in eastern Cong where I oversee a program that deals with cases of mass sexual violence in conflict zones.
Working in environments that are in conflict, or have recently come out conflict is challenging – and dangerous. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook small successes while waiting for the big ones. I think being successful in this type of work requires a commitment to see your work through, and being dedicated to constantly learn.
I encourage people to ask questions, even if you think you know what the person is going to say. Be willing to hear other people’s recommendations, but also be confident in your ability to make decisions. It’s not a science and there is no perfect solution.