Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
Since graduating, I worked for two and a half years as an admissions counselor for UT. I worked out of the Dallas Admissions Center and served 65 area high schools. My roles included extensive public speaking, customer service, application evaluation, and professional development. While in Dallas, I also volunteered at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and completed my professional diving certification. In January 2014, I made the transition to rural Malaysia to teach for a year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
The BDPs were instrumental in facilitating my experiences abroad. For Connecting Experiences, I spent time in Bosnia and Rwanda working with youth in post-genocide societies. These experiences opened my eyes to the value of service and the enjoyment of interacting with other cultures, which helped affirm my desire to live a life overseas, a long-term goal that I am currently fulfilling.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
I appreciated the ability to take otherwise disjointed interests and combine them in a coherent manner. I had a few majors, but my BDP was the glue that bound my coursework and my fieldwork together. In hindsight, I wish I had been more actively involved in the BDPs. I only started towards the end of my junior year, but I really appreciated the support I received then and continue to receive as an alumnus.
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
My liberal arts education provided me with a solid foundation across a variety of subjects: international relations, political theory, analytical philosophy, history, conflict, political science, and many others. Being overseas, you become very aware of your American or Texan-ness. I enjoy being able to have informed conversations with people from all over the world; I feel I am a better person because of it.