I completed my undergraduate degree in Economics, International Studies, and French at the University of Michigan in the U.S. Before this, I spent three months living in Uganda, where I witnessed the effects of Western NGOs and development projects on local communities. Thus, as an undergraduate I became immersed in studying the interactions between colonial history, sociology, and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. During my third year, I studied abroad in Senegal, where I undertook coursework in Dakar and then held an internship at a rural microfinance institution. My experiences both in Uganda and Senegal inspired my thesis – I compared the outcomes of microfinance in Kenya and Senegal through the lenses of social hierarchy and rational choice theory. I would like to continue to examine the relationships between sociology, colonial history, and economic development as a masters student.