anneka davys
Political Science

Where are you from? 

I am from Melbourne, Australia. 

Why are you interested in your major(s)?

From an early age I have really enjoyed traveling and trying new things in all aspects of life. I originally thought this was very much a hobby and hence, initially, I was going to study kinesiology however, as I learnt that I could learn about other countries and how various systems within them worked, I knew political science (and international affairs) was the major for me. I am interested in understanding the differences and similarities between countries around the world and particularly fascinated with how countries can work together to achieve certain outcomes or reach common goals.

What has been your experience as a student of both the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors College?

I have enjoyed using the Honors College as another avenue of opportunity within OSU. I think lots of the colloquia classes have helped me explore some topics I may not have considered previously and have also pushed me academically as with many of my bacc core classes and some major classes.

Have you started your honors thesis? If yes, what’s the topic and/or focus of your research? If not, are you considering any ideas so far?

I have just begun the process of my thesis and finalizing my question to research and explore. The current topic/focus of my research involves the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its crossover with nuclear energy, particularly exploring the balance of nuclear energy being a source for positive energy usage. 

What have been some of your favorite classes taken?

A class I accidentally took during my first year, International Organizations and Global Politics, was one class that really resonated with me, as it covered almost every interest area of mine. Not to sound cliché, but the class really inspired me, particularly surrounding the United Nations and understanding how countries can work together for greater good in this world. I have also enjoyed the seminar on leadership and positive psychology (honors course) and I am currently undertaking presidential politics, which I have found interesting as it is immersing me deeper into the United States political system, one I have not grown up in.

What are you hoping to do after you graduate?

After I graduate I am not entirely sure what I would like to do. I think I would like to do my master’s in either the US and Australia, alongside a few internships in both politics and international business. I think this could help me further understand which avenue specifically I would like to take. I do know that I want to pursue a career that allows me to work with multiple countries. 

How do you feel that your experience in CLA and HC is setting you up for success?

I think CLA and HC have broadened my understanding of so many things, by allowing me to take many classes in multiple fields. I think both colleges offer incredible support which has allowed me to embrace the degree that I am currently pursuing. There is no shortage in events, classes, and opportunities and I am thankful for that every day.