After high school I did a post-graduate year at Phillips Academy in MA, and later served an honorable & full-time church mission in South Korea for two years. I graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. 

At Harvard I was a member of the Harvard Republican Club my senior year and enrolled in political science courses taught by conservative professors, including Professor Harvey Mansfield, one of the most respected scholars on the Federalist Papers. I also worked as a research assistant to a senior U.S. Air Force Officer.