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Diplomat Returns to Iowa Hometown: Discusses how Global Studies Major Prepared her for State Department Career


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April 7, 2010

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Susan Bridenstine
Iowa City, IA

Iowa City,  Apr. 7-12 – On April 7, 2010 Susan Bridenstine, Assistant Public Affairs Officer in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia, spoke to students and community leaders at an event co-sponsored by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. Ms. Bridenstine discussed how the University of Iowa and a major in global studies prepared her for work overseas, what a career in the foreign service entails, and shared her thoughts on life as and an foreign service officer. Her speech was recorded for re-broadcast on the Iowa City cable channel, the statewide NPR affiliate, and archival on a website run by the University of Iowa Libraries. She also visited the University Of Iowa College Of Education for a discussion with students on the status of education in other countries, her experiences abroad, and the work of the State Department. On April 8, 2010, she met with the Iowa City Mayor, Matt Hayek. She concluded her trip with another visit to the University of Iowa and participated in a Career Series event, in which she discussed her career path and her current duties.

Susan Bridenstine was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and was raised in Muscatine, Iowa, until she graduated from Muscatine High School in 1996. She received a bachelor's degree in Global Studies and a certificate in International Business from The University of Iowa in 2000.

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