Armed with the understanding of man’s nature and Western civilization acquired over her time in the Thomas More College classroom, TMC student Daria Mironova (class of 2009) spent this summer exploring human governance at its most global – the United Nations.
Daria won an internship in the office of Paul Dillion, who runs the World Development Coalition. “I had my own office between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on 43rd Street, right next to the UN,” Daria recalls. During her time at the United Nations, Daria analyzed research on religious persecution and defamation and a host of other human rights issues in various countries, compiling a database of the abuses in countries ranging from Turkmenistan and China to member nations of the Council of Europe. Doing this work was a real “eye-opener,” she says.
Daria learned that the overwhelmingly Catholic nation of the Philippines has officially adopted a one-child policy similar to China’s. In other countries, a more overt persecution of the Church is taking place, with little attention from media or international organizations. “You’d be surprised,” Daria said. “People are getting executed – Christian priests and pastors. Nobody says anything about it. The stuff that people are doing to them is atrocious.” She found out, too, that one has to register a church in the Philippines. “The registration process is ridiculous,” she said.
Making the most out of her time on the international diplomatic scene, she also attended many conferences and meetings held at the United Nations. “It was amazing to see how everything works,” Daria said. “Behind the speeches, (there is an) underlying meaning. You have to be good at listening.” Notable conferences she attended were a meeting on HIV/AIDS in June and a meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) later in the summer.
During her time in New York, Daria held a second job doing public relations for Alexandra Preate, the principal of Capital HQ, an international consultancy. She helped plan a book-signing party attended by Henry Kissinger. Notables whom she met at events in New York were financial professional Paul Ruane and book publisher Al Regnery.
Daria has long been interested in a career in international diplomacy. Born in Estonia (Daria is a speaker of Russian and English), Daria wants to pursue a career that will allow her to work for her new homeland, the U.S., while not forgetting her roots. “I want to choose a field of work that could allow me to work between the two.”
After graduation in May, Daria plans to study international law. She wants to take a year off before going to law school. During that time, she will study for her LSAT and possibly serve as a paralegal in a firm that practices international law – a field pioneered by Catholic theologians in the 16th century, guided by the same principles Daria is learning at Thomas More College.