Sydney Knapp

This is a photography of alumnae, Sydney Knapp. This is a photograph of alumnae, Sydney Knapp.

About Sydney

Sydney received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami with majors in Communication Studies and International Studies with a minor in Spanish. She is member of the University of Miami Swim Team where she served as a captain for the 2019-2021 seasons. She is also the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which serves as the liaison between the student athlete population and the university community, athletic administration, and the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC). Additionally, she completed an internship with United States Southern Command working in the Civil Affairs Division. Sydney is a member of Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies while continuing to swim for the University.

Q&A With Sydney

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  • How did you discover the MAIA program, and what factors influenced your decision to enroll in the MAIA program?

    I discovered the MAIA program in my undergraduate career when it was presented as a post graduate option for students. I decided to apply for this program specifically because it combined my passion for international affairs with the ability to specialize in security studies. Additionally, having experienced the faculty in my undergraduate career, I was excited to pursue another degree learning from such incredible people.

  • What was your favorite thing about the MAIA program?

    My favorite thing about the MAIA program was my ability to connect the content of the program with the work I was doing as USSOUTHCOM. I was able to relate my capstone project with the efforts I was undertaking at work, which was incredibly valuable in deepening my knowledge on that topic. Additionally, in doing this I was able to focus on a particular area and gain expertise that became valuable in continuing projects at USSOUTHCOM with partner nations.

  • How has your MAIA degree played a role in your career?

    The MAIA degree has been incredibly influential in conjunction with working at USSOUTHCOM in helping me to better understand where my areas of interest lay for future employment. I entered the MAIA program with a set mindset of what I thought I wanted to pursue, however, that quickly changed once I gained tangible experience along with continuing to learn and research.

  • What advice would you give to a student considering the MAIA program?

    My best advice would be to enjoy each moment of it and the wonderful people involved. By having fun and cherishing the community of the MAIA program you will make so many connections that will benefit your future, all while deepening your knowledge in a critical area of study!