I am a 23-year-old from a small town in Iowa, USA. I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2011 with a BA in Biology and Middle East Studies, and I spent the following year as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a refugee resettlement agency in Minneapolis. My work with refugees, together with my undergraduate travels in the West Bank and other Arab countries, has made me very interested in how entrenched conflicts might be peacefully resolved. In an effort to deepen my understanding, and also to confront my personal biases about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I have enrolled in an MA program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies at the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. I will be using this page to keep family and friends updated on my experiences and to have a record of how my understanding of conflict evolves over the coming year. Thanks for reading!