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Student Profile: Alyssa Di Cara (Class of 2013)
- double major in international studies and geography
- minors in political science and history
- from Bettembourg, Luxembourg
- resident assistant in Wells Hall
- recipient of the 2013 President's Distinguished Service Award
What I especially appreciate about ITS is that study abroad and a foreign language are required ... I am impressed at the language skills ITS majors achieve as undergraduates ... [they] easily communicate in their second language and feel comfortable going abroad.
"I am a double major with minors in political science and history. That might sound like a lot to you, and honestly speaking, I had no clue what to do when I first came to Miami. However through advising, meaningful conversations with my professors, and manifold academic opportunities, I am really engaged in my classes. And the best thing is that I can still graduate on time! Miami does a good job helping students shape a great college experience and provides them with the tools to be successful.
"I am very happy to be an ITS major because it enabled me to take classes from many departments. The core requirements are composed of classes in international studies, geography, history, political science, anthropology, and economics — and not only 100 level classes (most of them are at the 300 level). For that reason, I did not see those core requirements as something easy that I could pull off quickly without effort. These classes challenged me to think about the international system from different perspectives and I gained a greater understanding of the world than if I only studied through the lens of one discipline.
"Miami's faculty is approachable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Because my teachers were so committed to take the best out of me, I was able to do research on a theme I'm passionate about for my geography senior capstone. By analyzing post-9/11 U.S. border operations and functions, I applied concepts I learned in ITS and geography, which made both majors merge perfectly.
"What I especially appreciate about ITS is that study abroad and a foreign language are required. Although I am an international student and got both requirements waived (I took a second concentration instead of a language), I am impressed at the language skills ITS majors achieve as undergraduates. Miami offers language classes ranging from German, French and Spanish to Hebrew, Arabic and Hindi. The quality of those classes is reflected in my ITS friends who easily communicate in their second language and feel comfortable going abroad.
"For my part, I focused on two concentrations within the major: international development and conflict, peace and diplomacy. I like that one can always cater concentrations towards a specific personal interest. For example, one can analyze international development through business and economics, but also through geography and history, etc.
"All in all, I will say that the ITS major opens doors to the world."