I am a first year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science part-time at Villanova. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. I deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Fallujah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In Iraq, I worked with local civilian contractors to transfer Marine battle positions to the Iraqi Police as part of the U.S. withdrawal. While in Afghanistan, I coordinated the deployment of a battalion of soldiers from the Republic of Georgia as part of the NATO mission as well as supported a Food Zone Program tasked with reducing narcotics production. After returning from Afghanistan, I was transferred to a Marine Corps Reserve unit in New Jersey where I currently serve. Inspired by my sister graduating from Penn last summer, I decided to experience the liberal arts degree that I wish I had pursued as an undergraduate. The opportunity to study at Villanova has not only made me more competitive for promotion but also has provided insight on the processes that lead to the deployment of the U.S. military throughout the world. The faculty and fellow students here at Villanova have been nothing but supportive and their diverse opinions have expanded my outlook on a variety of issues. It has been a rewarding experience that undoubtedly has made me a better Marine Officer.