BA in International Affairs from UGA; Spanish Minor
Sydney has lived in Marietta, Georgia for most of her life. While at Walton High School, she developed a passion for the Spanish language and world cultures as a member of the prestigious International Spanish Academy. After graduating in 2016, she chose to continue her education at the University of Georgia as an International Affairs major and Spanish minor. As a sophomore at UGA, Sydney was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Honor Society for International Studies, Sigma Iota Rho. She has been a consistent member of the Dean’s List and has been named a Presidential Scholar for her academic success. She is a first generation college student.
Sydney’s father immigrated to the United States from Poland, and her family ties have allowed her to visit Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Her Spanish language studies have taken her to Western Europe and Central America. During her undergraduate career, she participated in a Maymester study abroad program in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica where she studied Spanish through a community service-based class. Sydney and her peers helped beautify the community’s public park, cemetery, and community center. Sydney has had many opportunities to travel around the world, and she plans to continue doing so as the opportunities arise.
She spent the spring and summer semesters of 2019 working with the municipal government of Monroe, Georgia as a School of Public and International Affairs Emerging Leaders Intern. Sydney was a community relations and policy intern, and she worked closely with the Director of Central Services and the City Administrator on a variety of projects. She assisted in the creation of monthly newsletters distributed to citizens and city staff by researching topics of interest for each month. In addition, she updated and suggested edits to existing city policies to eliminate redundancies and other errors. When Sydney isn’t studying, she may be found driving a campus transit bus, reading a novel, or trying a new restaurant in the Classic City.
Sydney’s study of Spanish language and culture has informed her interest in violent political conflict in Latin America. She is interested in the effects of income inequality and organizational coordination on conflict onset. As a MIP student, she plans to explore how the presence of nuclear weapons technology affects the likelihood, duration, and scope of conflict. She also hopes to examine some of the security issues within the U.S. nuclear energy industry.