"I had the honor of graduating from Indiana University as a political science major this spring. Studying in this department allowed me to learn about a wide array of topics, build connections with my peers, and form lasting relationships with my professors. Over the course of my time in the department, I conducted research under the mentorship of Professors Bernard Fraga and Regina Smyth, an opportunity that allowed me to grow as a scholar and even participate in national and international academic conferences. Most recently, thanks to Professor Smyth’s assistance, I traveled to Saint Petersburg alongside graduate student Madeline McCann to present a paper, co-written with Professor Smyth, at a conference on “Neighborness” organized by the Centre for Independent Social Research. This paper included aspects of my own independent research for my political science honors thesis, which I completed this spring.
This summer I will begin working as a staff assistant in the Washington office of Senator Todd Young. I have no doubt that many of the skills I gained from my time in the Department of Political Science will prove crucial to this role and whatever else lies in my future, and I am extremely grateful to all who helped me get to this point.”