AADS Undergrad admitted to Stanford's M.A. in African Studies

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Sara Conklin with the female village chief of Juffureh, The Gambia, AADS Study Abroad Program 2010.

My name is Sara Conklin and I am currently completing my B.A. in International Relations, with a certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU. I have enjoyed the incredible opportunity of traveling to Africa twice. The first, with an organization called Support for International Change in Tanzania, and the second with FIU's study abroad program in Senegal and The Gambia. Both were truly life changing experiences and forever altered my perspective on the world. I was pushed to expand my boundaries, to come into my own, and to acquire a solid foundation in international development.

I'm pleased to share that I have been accepted to Stanford University's M.A. in African Studies! Beginning in the Fall, I will participate in intensive training in Swahili, several internships in Sub Saharan Africa and 4 semesters of full-time coursework.

Studying Africa has long been a passion of mine and FIU has provided the ideal institution to facilitate my research on the region. I’ve been able to learn from professors who study Africa from many different viewpoints and I know now that whatever field I choose to pursue, I can incorporate this interest, this passion. The FIU AADS faculty have imparted to me the ability to look at major international issues from multiple angles and to see how these disparate fields can come together in my work.