Mr. Hakim Jan is a Youth Exchange & Study (YES) alumnus and an Afghan Fulbright scholar. He is from and grew up in Afghanistan. He holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in national security studies from the University of Houston (2015). He is pursuing a master’s in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School. He has six years of professional and teaching experiences combined. He enjoys writing analytical papers, teaching, traveling, volunteering, watching basketball games, brunches, and exploring new possibilities. He is interested in becoming a Professor of political science. Equally, he is motivated to serve in the realm of national security in Afghanistan.
What has been your most rewarding work, intern or volunteer experience since starting your program at the Elliott School?
I explored multiple rewarding opportunities for volunteering since starting my program at the Elliott School. In particular, participating in a panel-discussion and delivering a presentation on the importance of international exchange programs, and being a guest at the GW Public Policy podcast has been fulfilling experiences.
What courses have you found most helpful in your work/intern/volunteer experiences and how have they been useful?
I found all my courses relevant, challenging, and useful. Three courses, in particular, have been most helpful: HIST 6032, IAFF 6160, and IAFF 6163.
What advice do you have for prospective students who are on the fence about applying to a graduate program at the Elliott school?
The Elliott School offers abundant resources to help you succeed. Three points: first, read the curriculum of the program of your interest. Second, identify the courses that you think are most relevant and useful. Three, seek assistance from faculty and staff who are at the School to help you.
Favorite summer activity?
My favorite summer activity would be to volunteer because without it some people will not afford to receive help (however you define help). Beaches are there for you, too.
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