Meet Desiree – Incoming student in the International Studies (MIS) program, concentrating in International Law & Organizations.
Hello! My name is Desiree Rose Arriola. After graduating from Old Dominion University, majoring in Asian Studies and double minoring in French and International Business, I continued to do my Masters in International Relations at Ewha Womans University, one of Elliott’s many partner institutions. There, I concentrated in international legal studies, regional integration & cooperation, and East Asian studies. I will graduate from Ewha this August and will start classes at Elliott 4 days later!
As an undergraduate, I studied abroad at Yonsei University and Catholic University of Paris. I also interned at Ringier China in Shanghai, and while in Seoul, interned for UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. Needless to say, I thrive living and working in international environments. I love meeting open-minded people, trying new foods, and learning new languages. This summer, I’m spending my time in Bordeaux in hopes of bringing back my French up to speed.
The need to serve as a world citizen motivates me in this field. Believing in the beauty of diversity and the kindness of people, I want to be of use in communicating and innovating ideas between people of different backgrounds, organizations, and policymakers. As such, I would like to pursue a career that combines my interests in the rule of law, public relations, and Asian studies to improve our relationships with each other and the environment.
Living back Stateside is exciting after being abroad for a long time, especially since I’ll only be a drive away from my hometown of Virginia Beach. I look forward to exploring my new home and sharing perspectives with the diverse community of DC and Elliott. To my fellow incoming students, here’s wishing for a great year!
The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact email@example.com.