Spring 2014

Student experiences international diplomacy

Student experiences international diplomacy
Amy Hyatt '78, left, and JooWon Kim '13.

When student JooWon Kim took an internship with the nonprofit organization Center for Arab West Understanding in Egypt, she never expected that, halfway around the world, she’d cross paths with someone else from Binghamton University.

Pat Wrobel MA ’78, MBA ’82, an international recruiter for the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, connected Kim with Amy Hyatt ’78, a U.S. diplomat in Cairo. Hyatt invited Kim to her home.

“I was kind of nervous because she’s a highly ranked diplomat, but she was very open and nice. She reminded me of a friend’s mom,” Kim says.

Hyatt shared stories about her career and experiences as a diplomat with Kim, a political science major with a concentration in global and international affairs. And the two discovered they had more than professional interests in common — they were both resident assistants at Binghamton. Kim also asked for Hyatt’s perspective on balancing her demanding career with her role as mother and wife. “It was interesting to have a conversation about the professional side and personal side, being a woman who wants to go into the field,” she says.

Kim graduated in December and is looking at graduate programs and international fellowships. “I am so grateful to know the Binghamton alumni network is worldwide,” she says.

And once she is established in a career, she wants to follow Hyatt’s example: “I want to contribute back to my university. I want to be someone who is working abroad, connecting to current students and future students.”


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