Students of International Studies: Rachel Lietzow

Rachel  Lietzow  is currently pursuing her  degree in International Studies with a focus in comparative politics and societies in East, South, and South East Asia. To further refine her knowledge in the realm of development studies, Rachel is also working towards her degree in Chinese and International Economics (FLIE). When asked how she came to focus her studies in internationally oriented disciplines, Rachel explained that, “I enjoyed studying other cultures and learning languages, especially pertaining to the region of Asia. I was also interested in international relations and worldwide issues, so this major fit me well.”  

Currently a senior, Rachel has completed rigorous coursework within the International Studies major. She explained that while her courses in American Foreign Policy, International Conflict, and Asian Philosophy were especially challenging, they greatly enhanced her understanding of how comparative politics and cultural differences between the East and West influence states’ relations across regions. Rachel’s studies have enriched her world perspective as well as increased her awareness of current global political issues and the history of international politics. 

Not only has Rachel challenged herself through rigorous academic coursework, but also through participating in multiple internships and on-campus activities. Having interned with the UK Education Abroad Office, Kentucky Governor’s Office, and Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, she has learned important workplace skills while enhancing her knowledge of other cultures. Rachel sees these experiences as having expanded her scholarship of soft and hard diplomatic tools as well as environmental efforts in Asia. Through her active involvement with the UK Confucius Institute, she has prepared herself with the academic and professional experience necessary for pursuing a career with the Foreign Service.

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