This series features a different student each Wednesday from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Learn about our diverse student body and hear what they have to say about the International Policy program.
Monterey Institute student Moslem Shah’s passion for education began when he was a teenager and taught his sister and her friends who were banned from school under Taliban rule in his native Afghanistan.
Fast Fact: Alaina is an avid climber. She has scaled El Capitan, summited Mount McKinley and participated in a Himalayan expedition.
“MIIS’s curriculum is keeping pace with the real world.”
Fast Fact: Chase served as a rural health facilitator with the Peace Corps in El Salvador.
“I want to be an agent of change in the international policy arena.”
Fast Fact: Monica has been able to utilize her Spanish skills while living, studying, and traveling throughout Spain and Peru.
"I love the fact that I can do fieldwork abroad and come back to incorporate it into my academic work."
Fast Fact: Since taking up running five years ago, Sean has run races of all distances from 5Ks to marathons.
"I would like to work as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department."
Fast Fact: Zuleyma organized the first social enterprise coffee hour in Amman, Jordan.
"To be surrounded by such an intelligent, intellectual and accomplished group of people not only gives me endless topics for conversations but it's also motivational."
Fast Fact: Alyson hopes to return to Michigan and work to re-develop Detroit.
“I enjoyed Development Project Management Institute, and appreciate the rigor of everyday school work.”