I am a Swedish national and have spent the majority of my life in Oslo and London. For the last four years, I have been living in Scotland studying International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. In 2017, I studied abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, where I specialized in international security. Subsequently, I sought to gain practical experience in the same field as an intern at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters in Stockholm. There I was tasked with providing suggestions to improve the internal recruitment process of the Swedish military to ensure the development of a more diverse organization. This experience confirmed my ambitions to work towards dismantling institutionalized gender inequality.
At Columbia, I plan to utilize the interdisciplinary nature of the M.A. in Global Thought program to broaden my understanding of international development. The transnational focus of my studies, volunteer work, and internships have inspired me to investigate how international politics and events impact individual states on the political and social level. In the summer of 2016, I volunteered at the Ritsona refugee camp in Greece. This experience combined with my undergraduate dissertation focusing on migration in Sweden has driven my interest in national identity and its changing nature in the face of transnational events. In my future educational pursuits and career, I wish to explore the role of the United Nations and other international organizations and how they engage with these issues.