You've recently had an article based on your ICS capstone paper accepted for publication in the Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations. Tell us a little about your article.
Each year the ICS Program presents the Distinguished Thesis award to the student whose thesis represents the best work accomplished in the yearlong honors seminar. This year’s winner is Ieshia Smith, who earned highest honors for her thesis, The Plastic Face: Nation-Branding and Personal Branding in 21st Century South Korea
After finishing high school, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do during my undergraduate career but I was certain that I wanted to experience and learn as much as possible. While my primary academic interests lay in studying the Middle East and particularly Turkey, I did not want to limit my studies to a single discipline; I wanted to take classes in literature, history, economics, computer science, public policy, and other departments. Fortunately, I found a home base in the ICS department very early in my career, as I took the gateway the second semester of my freshman year.