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Amanda Zuurdeeg

Amanda Zuurdeeg

Candidate for MA Peace and Development

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, United Kingdom

On a quest to make the world a safer and better place by helping women and children get equal rights.




“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margret Mead

VanTrust Real Estate

Administrative Assistant

What I am learning most at this job is that I am a doer. The times when I have had the most to do that is fun and engaging are the times when I am excited to be at work. Part of my job is to plan events for our properties and the teams that work on those properties. I am finding it fun to pick a theme and work on the event from start to finish.


Vineyard Vines - Easton 70

Seasonal Sales Associate

I thought it would be fun to get a seasonal sales job to learn more about how fashion companies sell their product. What I find I am learning the most about so far is presentation. Not just presentation of the store in general, but the specifics of how the apparel is stacked or spaced, as well as how the sales associates present themselves and the brand to customers.


The Ohio State University Department of Physics

Program Coordinator

What this job taught me was that I am actual quite good at working with numbers. Not only was I able to reconcile previous months of accounts, but I was also able to help the professors better keep on top of their grant money to make sure that they budgeted correctly. Something that does not come easily to me but this job allowed me to do, was to be creative. As part of my position, I was the support for a Center supported by the University. What I did was try to take the centers goals and make them larger and give the center a more visible presence, not only in the University community, but outside as well.


Leeds Beckett University

MA Peace and Development, International Relations

Program provides working knowledge on Developing and Managing Projects, Critical Perspectives on Peace, Security Paradigms, Global Perspectives on Development, Post Conflict Reconstruction and Peace-building and Advanced Research Methods.


The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Arts, Women's Studies

What started me down this track was a letter from the Chair of the Women's Studies department after my Introduction to Women's Studies class in the Fall quarter of my sophomore year (I originally took it as an elective!). I think what drew me in the most was that in class we were looking at history as well as looking at present day and how things have changed or have not. Class discussions and research papers were the best way for me to learn.

Greater Columbus Rowing Association

Mixed Masters 8+ for the Gold

A gold medal for my mixed masters 8+ at the Stonewall Regatta in Washington DC June 2015


Ladies who row together

My ladies quad and ladies 4+ at the celebratory meal after our second and third place finishes


The best times of our lives

The group of GCRA members who headed to Cleveland in August 2014 to row at the Game Gays 9. Our team was made up of LGBTQ rowers as well as LGBTQ supporters