2013-14 Student Spotlight

Sara Giska

(Class of 2016)

photo of Sara Giska"[My International Studies major] allows me to focus on certain global issues that I'm passionate about and to explore them from different perspectives … I really enjoy the fact that ITS is an interdisciplinary major. It's important to think of your education as cumulative rather than focusing on one particular field. Being in the liberal arts definitely gives you an advantage."

Read what Sara had to say about her study abroad experiences and her passion for languages.

Nicollette Staton

(Class of 2013)

photo of Nicollette Staton"The most valuable thing that my Miami education, particularly my international studies and my study abroad trips, has given me is a better understanding and acceptance of all different types of people … learning how to navigate cultural differences and develop communication and language skills is essential overseas."

Read what Nicollette had to say about how Miami her experiences in Kosovo and her master's research on human trafficking.

Madison Reiser

(Class of 2014)

photo of Madison Reiser"I applied to many other schools, but probably after my 17th tour of the Oxford campus, I knew this was where I was going to be. The International Studies (ITS) Program really stood out for me, along with study abroad and global studies, so those were the winning factors for me."

Read what Madison had to say about her Inside Washington internship and study abroad experience in Ecuador.

Kayla Strickland

(Class of 2014)

photo of Kayla Strickland"The professors here are really attentive and want you to succeed. They give a lot of input into your writing and how you're doing academically, and they'll even help you get involved in different things … Take opportunities that are presented to you, especially when faculty offer them—they're reaching out to you for a reason, and they think you have potential."

Read what Kayla had to say about the Miami faculty and her Winter Term in Cuba.

Domenic Fish

(Class of 2015)

photo of Domenic Fish"ITS is so interdisciplinary that it really allows you to go from a non-profit atmosphere to a fully for-profit business atmosphere. It's funny, because until this year I really had nothing going on in the business school other than economics, which I had to take for ITS. And now I'm an entrepreneurship minor."

Read what Domenic had to say about the International Studies Program and faculty, as well as Invisible Children.

Erin O'Neal

(Class of 2015)

photo of Erin O'Neal"The best thing about International Studies is that it's an interdisciplinary major, and so I take classes all across the board like history, economics, geography, and so on. I actually got the chance to take Latin American Studies classes through this, and because of those classes I ended up picking up my 2nd major in Latin American Studies in the fall of my sophomore year."

Read what Erin had to say about her favorite classes, study abroad experience, and undergraduate research on the Argentine gaucho.

Amelia Wester

(Class of 2014)

photo of Amelia Wester"My professors have been wonderful, engaged, and extremely helpful; I can't think of an experience I've had with any faculty member who's been bad. I think that my International Studies/Latin American Studies majors are not only teaching me basic knowledge in those subject areas, but they're also helping me to think about global/Latin American issues and current events."

Read what Amelia had to say about Guate Bonita and its role in raising money for a rural Guatemalan school.

Sarah Christin Mueller

(Class of 2014)

photo of Sarah Christin Mueller"Miami really attracts more and more international students because there are so many opportunities here, so many great faculty, and so much we can all learn from each other. International students bring so many different perspectives from all the different countries, so having them in the classroom is really enriching and gives all of us a wider perspective."

Read what Sarah had to say about her undergraduate research and participation in Miami University's Field Hockey Team and International Student Organization.