When I first came to St. Lawrence, I really had no idea what I wanted to major in. After taking a few Government courses my freshman and sophomore year, however, I knew that Government was the right choice. I found that I loved learning about politics and political systems, especially those of places outside of the United States.
Putting my skills to work
During the spring and summer of 2013, I was an intern at the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental organization in Washington DC. The Archive was founded in 1985 to check rising government secrecy by functioning as an investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents. It also serves as a public interest law firm that advocates for global open government.
My work at the Archive was primarily related to US involvement with the Brazilian police and military during the military dictatorship that ruled that country from 1964 - 1985. I collected and attempted to apply for the declassification of documents that might help Brazilian scholars working on a Truth Commission set up by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The work I did was tremendously exciting and allowed me to put the research skills and knowledge I had learned as a SLU Government student to work for an important cause.