International Relations Major Finds her Feet in Washington
Tajah McCray ’20 credits York College as the foundation of her current success. “York College provided me with the confidence, resources, skills, and knowledge that I needed to begin my career,” she says.
McCray, who graduated from York College with a B.A. in International Relations, began her journey in July when she was hired as a Government Relations Assistant for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) in Washington, D.C. The USGLC is a bipartisan national coalition that brings together multiple communities to strengthen America’s civilian-led tools and programs.
At the USGLC, McCray performs a wide variety of tasks including writing summary reports on hearings from the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, tracking Congressional delegations and voting records on foreign policy legislation, and tracking the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs process.
The strong international relations experience McCray gained during her time at York College has prepared her with increased knowledge and overall understanding of her current job responsibilities.
“My course schedule, which included Government Relations of Africa and the Middle East as well as studying abroad in Cuba and India, gave me a broader view of world knowledge and certainly set me up for success,” she says. “Going into the field of international relations, you have to understand the history of countries abroad and the history of the U.S. York College provided me with this valuable information.”
McCray is most proud of her continued success in the field of International Relations. After graduating from York, McCray attended Seton Hall University where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.
McCray highlights the study abroad program at York College and encourages others to complete a service-learning trip. “Being able to serve others, building friendships, and creating memories that last a lifetime has been one of the greatest experiences that I have had,” says McCray.
McCray encourages everyone to embrace new experiences. “Go into new experiences with an open mind and willingness to learn. Share your ideas, ask questions, and most importantly, always bring the best version of you,” she says.