Nicole Struth is currently completing a dual graduate degree for an MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Masters of Development Studies from The Erasmus University Rotterdam – International Institute of Social Studies. During her undergraduate studies and graduate studies, she has lived in Germany and the Netherlands, and is currently working to become proficient in the German language. Nicole was raised in Bethel, Connecticut and works with the Director of Educational Programs to assist in the development of the Model UN Program and other education related projects at CTWAC.
1. When and why did you first show interest in global affairs?
When I was younger, my father would engage me and my sister in stories about his time studying abroad in Italy. As I grew up, I knew I wanted to experience similar adventures for myself. I caught the travel bug after a family trip to Italy, where we relived some of his experiences and made our own memories. Afterwards, I made travel a priority and took advantage of opportunities in undergrad and graduate school to live abroad and study international affairs.
2. Do you have a particular area of interest within global affairs?
My area of interest is conflict resolution in international relations. I have a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution along with my degrees. In addition, I completed my Master’s Thesis on the topic of the utility of conflict theory when analyzing international trade deals and how they impact interstate conflict.
3. What do you do at CTWAC?
I work with the Education Programs Director to research content for the Model UN Program organized by CTWAC. This program allows high school students to learn about and debate global issues in a mock UN format. Topics for this year include nuclear deterrence, the distribution of the refugee crisis, and debate over the creation of a Digital Geneva Convention. In addition, I assist with other education related activities that CTWAC undertakes.
4. What do you do in your free time?
I powerlift in my free time. I compete in the USAPL federation, and will be competing at nationals in October of this year.
5. Why do you think global engagement is important?
The world is more connected than ever before. One small action across the globe can impact the lives of millions of people, so it is important to work to understand current global affairs.
6. Do you have any tips for how to get involved in global affairs?
The best way to get involved and gain a better understanding of global affairs is simply to travel. Wander around a new city and experience a completely different culture. And when you get back, you can volunteer for your local World Affairs Council.