Born to an American mother and a Dutch father, I began life with a multicultural outlook that flourished in my sixteen years at the International School of Amsterdam. Upon graduating high school my interests in English Literature led me to obtain my BA from Royal Holloway, University of London. As I studied I found myself continually drawn outwards, my literary pursuits beginning to mirror my larger passion for people and their stories. My decision to study International Relations abroad at UC Davis in California in my junior year marked my shift from Literature to Politics. Upon my return to London I pursued opportunities that satiated my curiosity for people in combination with my growing interest in the political arena, for example attending World Model United Nations 2017 in Montréal. My love of literature has given me an analytical lens, whilst my international upbringing has instilled a passion for the global, leading me to Global Thought MA. Outside of academics I am an avid traveller, and have a knack at making unexpected comebacks in card games.
My research interests intersect between African development and gender parity, which largely stems from an experience I had when I was sixteen, when I taught at a Maasai Girls School in Tanzania for two months. My Extended Essay for my International Baccalaureate Diploma Program explored the implications of female genital mutilation through Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, and my final year dissertation for my BA considered the tensions between post-colonialism and globalisation by comparing first- and third-generation West African writers. Moving forward in my research project at Columbia I am hoping to pursue similar interests through the lens of the social sciences.
- BA, English Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2017