Cristina Wood had the wonderful privilege to be born and raised in Romania, during the transition from communism to democracy. From a young age she enjoyed speaking foreign languages, and she is now proficient in Romanian, Spanish, German, and English. Between 2007 – 2008 she served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London, England. After her mission she attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in German. Due to her interest in politics she is currently working on the publication of one of her papers in the European Journal of International Affairs. Given her international background and experience, she hopes to one day work for an international firm or multinational corporation. Some of her hobbies are foreign languages, animal care and training, cooking, and traveling.