To be surrounded by students from all around the world and have the opportunity to discuss international relations in this setting was an incredible learning experience for me
Carrie Maier, from Bay Village, Ohio, USA, is a graduate in International Relations.
After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, with a degree in business studies, Carrie decided that she would like a career with an international focus. She applied to a number of UK universities to study international relations at Master’s level. She chose Bristol because of its ‘tremendous academic reputation’. She also liked the city: ‘During a previous visit to Bristol, I saw how beautiful the city was, and I knew that there would be plenty to do around town,’ she says.
‘I made lifelong friends at Bristol, pursued my interest in international relations, fulfilled a dream of living abroad, travelled to new places and learned a lot about myself. To be surrounded by students from all around the world and have the opportunity to discuss international relations in this setting was an incredible learning experience for me.’
After graduating, Carrie became an international trade consultant and moved to New York. She then returned to Ohio, where she worked worked as a consultant for Ernst and Young. Carrie is now working as a Business Analyst, Global Tax and Customs, for business communications company Cisco in Washington DC and hopes to move to New York shortly. ‘Having a Master’s in International Relations definitely opened up doors for me,’ she says. ‘Getting a Master’s degree from an overseas university is still somewhat unique, and there are many positive things about choosing an adventurous educational experience.’