Veteran Thomas Rowland, International Relations Major, Approaches Graduation

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Rowland, who was was born in Kapolei, Hawaii, moved to San Francisco in 2015. He originally attended City College but transferred to SF State once realizing that he could get a degree specifically in International Relations, which is not offered at every university.

“‘The goal for me is to either work for a government agency, like the Department of State or a research group,’ Rowland said.

“Burcu Ellis, an International Relations professor, was influential to Rowland’s academic career.

“‘It is rare to find a student with Thomas’ focus, ability to persevere and intellectual breadth,” Ellis said. “He has the ability to understand the complexity of the human condition and offer solutions that fit the nature of each situation.’”