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Anna Asbury

International and Area Studies

Hometown: Harbor Springs, MI
Majors: International & Area Studies, French
Minor: Political Science
Concentration: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Study Abroad: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate
Best Adjective to Describe You: Friendly

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
It allows for variety when choosing your classes.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was interested in lots of different subjects and with International & Area Studies (IAS), I could take classes in everything I was interested in. I love the flexibility of the major and how it allows you to explore every option.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
It helps if you can find an advisor who understands the IAS requirements and who can help you plan to fulfill all your requirements.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’m also interested in politics and history, and with IAS I can take classes that involve international history and politics.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Being open to new things and letting yourself take chances.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Politics of the European Union with Amy Elman has been my favorite class so far. It combined everything I’m interested in and the project at the end was one of the most interesting projects I’ve done here.

What is your SIP?
Comparing and Contrasting les PACS and the recent French Marriage for All act at both the national and supranational level of the E.U.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K, I am planning on either going into the Peace Corps or into the Foreign Service.

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