Ann Marie Smetona ’19

Where are you from? 
Cleveland, Ohio 

What are your majors? 
Political Science and Spanish 

What are your minors? 
Economics and History

Why did you choose to study these subjects? 
I have always loved learning about other parts of the world especially in terms of history, culture, and language. The coursework for my majors and minors has allowed me to get a glimpse into life in many countries around the world and attain a better understanding of current political and social conflicts.

What is your favorite class? 
My favorite class at CWRU was Dictatorship and Democracy in Latin America with Professor Tartakoff, who is now my advisor. It was the first political science class I took, and after realizing how much I learned about my favorite topics in that single course and what political science has to offer, I decided to major in it and never looked back.

Why did you choose CWRU? 
I wanted to be in an environment where students and teachers were serious about learning. I was attracted to many of CWRU’s offerings such as research funding and knew several people who had studied at CWRU and had wonderful experiences.

What do you like best about CWRU? 
I have always had incredible professors who are not only extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects they teach but are truly invested in their students’ welfare and education.

What do you like best about living in Cleveland? 
I like that Cleveland punches above its weight. I love driving or walking through the beautiful historic neighborhoods and the fact that it has a high number of cultural and academic offerings despite being a smaller city that is frequently written off.

Describe any research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities you have had as a result of being a CWRU student.
I feel incredibly lucky to have won the Wellman Hill Grant and SOURCE Internship Grant to fund my internship this summer at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. The internship not only taught me more than l ever imagined about diplomacy and Switzerland but gave me a much clearer idea about which career path I should follow. Additionally, it was a major growing experience for me on a personal level, and I never could have taken advantage of the opportunity without the grants.

Last year, I spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a political science and Spanish major, it fit perfectly with my coursework and interests. I was so happy with how my Spanish skills improved and loved living in a country I had previously studied in class.

What are some of your hobbies? 
I love reading, traveling, working out, taking scenic walks, going to cafes, and talking with friends.

What is your biggest accomplishment thus far? 
By all means the internship with the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland has been my greatest achievement thus far. Obtaining it was a lengthy, competitive process, but it was an extremely enriching and rewarding experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
In five years, I hope to be working for a small, innovative business in Miami that does a lot of international work.