Friday, February 21, 2014

Jesse Thomas, History Alumnus, studying in Vladivostok, Russia

History degrees can take you places. That is the case with Jesse Thomas. A graduate of UAH with his degree in History, he is currently studying international relations at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok, Russia. Congratulations, Jesse!

Since Jesse has been there, he has been pretty busy. He writes, "I recently participated in a United Nations-sponsored round-table discussion about economic development in the Asia-Pacific region that included delegates from the US, Canada, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. As one of 6 graduate students in International Relations, I was invited to participate, as it was organized by one of my professors." He thought it was a wonderful experience. He is also working with the Model United Nations of the Russian Far East (MUNRFE). Concerning this, he writes, "I am one of the six members selected to represent our organization at the Model UN conference in New York at the end of March, and our delegation also has received an invitation to meet with World Bank representatives in Washington D.C. during our trip. I am excited for this opportunity."

Jesse has also spoken to young students, and even undergraduate students at FEFU. To the first group of students, who ranged from 10-12 years old and who are learning English, he explained how Halloween is celebrated in the United States, and also explained some about Alabama. For the college students, which numbered over 100, he lectured on "social and humanitarian problems in Guatemala, and the causes of these problems."

It appears Jesse is having a wonderful time in Vladivostok. We hope you have a great time over there. Be well!

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