|September 20||Philadelphia, PA||Philadelphia Idealist|
|September 21||Orem, UT||Utah Valley University|
|September 22||Provo, UT||Brigham Young University|
|September 22||Boston, MA
|September 23||Salt Lake City, UT||University of Utah/Westminster|
|September 27||Washington, DC||DC Idealist|
|September 28||Charlottesville, VA||University of Virginia|
|September 28||Upstate, NY||Cornell and Ithaca|
|September 29||Upstate, NY||Binghamton and Syracuse|
|September 29||Houston, TX||Houston Idealist|
|September 29||Williamsburg, VA||William and Mary University|
|October 4||Minneapolis, MN||Minneapolis Idealist|
|October 5||Chicago, IL||Chicago Idealist|
|October 6||Princess Anne, MD||University of Maryland Eastern Shore|
|October 10||Seattle, WA||Seattle Idealist|
|October 17||Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles Idealist|
|October 18||Tallahassee, FL||Florida State University|
|October 19||San Francisco, CA||San Francisco Idealist|
|October 20||State College, PA||Penn State University|
|October 25th||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State University|
|October 27||Bethesda, MD||National Collegiate Security Conference|
|November 2||Tucson, AZ||University of Arizona|
|November 3||Tempe, AZ||Arizona State University|
|November 8||Berlin, Germany||APSIA Berlin at the Hertie School|
|November 9||Paris, France||APSIA Paris at Sciences Po|
|November 10||Stockholm, Sweden||APSIA Stockholm|
|November 15||Washington, DC||Elliott School Open
House at GWU
|November 16||ONLINE||APSIA Virtual Fair|
|November 19||Seattle, WA||NW Model UN|
|November 22||Chicago, IL||AMUN Conference Chicago|
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and went to Sonoma State University (SSU) where I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. Before Elliott, I had the opportunity to live in DC during my senior year for a research internship at the University of Maryland and congressional internship with Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) through the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. I was convinced I had to come back, and moved to the District in August of 2015 to work full-time at the Elliott School’s Office of Graduate Student Career Development. I now work at the Elliott School Office of Graduate Admissions, as the Executive Assistant (you may have already gotten emails from me, come say hi! :). I will be working with you through the application and admissions process, and look forward to (hopefully) meeting you at some point!
The Elliott School was my top choice for grad school because of the incredible location, faculty, and connections to various employers and organizations throughout D.C. and nationwide. After receiving my degree, I hope to work in the field of U.S.-Middle East policy making as it pertains to Israeli-Palestinian relations.
This past summer, I took professional skills courses as a way to dip my feet back into school before classes began. I am also excited to be planning a trip to Europe for this winter! In my free time, I like to make mix CD’s, write letters, eat pizza, and text my younger brother Sebastian, who, at 11 years old, is taller and cooler than I am.
Yadira D. Molina
M.A. International Affairs
Concentrations: U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Studies
I am excited to attend the Elliott School as part of the Security Policy Studies program this fall. I will concentrate my studies on East Asia and military history as a Wolcott Fellow and as a Pickering Fellow, prior to entering the Foreign Service in September 2018. Getting to this point in my life is the culmination of many years of travels, goals, work, and incredible support.
I grew up in Laramie, Wyoming until I left on a Rotary Youth Exchange to France in 2007.
That experience convinced me to pursue an international lifestyle and I have been preparing to join the Foreign Service ever since. I started my undergraduate in political science at Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2009, then left for two years of religious mission work in southern France in 2010, working primarily with Chinese students.
I returned to BYU-Hawaii in 2012 and met and married my wife, Kaylee Lindahl, a brilliant soprano. Together we studied in Xi’an, China from 2013-2014, with me on a NSEP Boren Scholarship and Kaylee on other scholarships. Finishing that experience, we spent two more semesters at BYU-Hawaii but could not help leaving yet again in 2015, this time for Thailand. Together we interned with the Raks Thai Foundation in Mae Chaem, then took classes through BYU-Hawaii in Bangkok. At the expiration of our Thai visas but before the start of classes in Hawaii, we spent a month backpacking through Cambodia and Vietnam.
We returned to BYU-Hawaii for the last time in November 2015, and I graduated in February and Kaylee in June. This summer has been exciting so far, and will only get better—right after graduation, we toured with the university choir to Japan for two weeks, as I was the tour manager and Kaylee was the soprano section leader. We are now spending the summer with family in Denver, where, best of all, we will have our first baby, a boy, in August before moving to D.C. I have wanted to attend GW for years, and with everything coming together now, life could hardly be better!
Hi New GW Friends!
I will be starting at the Elliott School in the fall as a student in the Master’s in International Policy and Practice program, and plan to focus on Russia and international security.
In 2010, I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s of Journalism, and this is where I also fell in love with Russia through my Russian language classes. I received a Critical Language Scholarship also in 2010 to study intensive intermediate Russian during the summer in Vladimir, Russia.
After these experiences, I decided I wanted to improve relations between the US and Russia through mutual understanding, and went to law school with the aim of going into policy after. I graduated in 2014 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While in law school, I was able to study abroad in Russia and Switzerland, as well as travel fully-funded by the school to Uganda, Belize, and New York.
I’ve been working in the law school admissions office since graduation, but I’m so excited to head to DC, get more specialization, and get into my chosen career field! This summer I’ll be heading on a vacation to Russia before moving to DC in August. I’ll also continue working with my Russian tutor located in Moscow who I work with over Skype. In my free time, I am a big reader, both nonfiction and fiction. Let’s start a book club!
I can’t wait to meet you all.
My name is Jay Porter. I am twenty-four years old and grew up in Decatur, IL. I enjoy going dancing, taking walks, playing video games, and talking about history. I will be majoring in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program at GWU.
Currently, I am studying at Brigham Young University-Idaho and will graduate July 20th with a B.A. in History and a minor in Spanish. I served in Paraguay as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from May 2011 to May 2013. That’s where I learned to speak Spanish and Guarani. I hope to work with people from South America in a future career with the Department of State, Immigration Services, or non-profit organizations. Eventually, I want to publish a satirical book or two similar to Candide by Voltaire except taking place in modern times.
My name is Sergio Fontanez. I am pursuing a master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Law and Organizations. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with bachelor’s degrees in History and Mathematics. After college, I spent six years in the military. During that time, I spent one year deployed to Afghanistan helping create a self-sustaining Afghan Air Force. After separating from the Air Force, I decided to pursue a law degree.
Currently, I am participating in the joint-degree program at The George Washington University pursuing a juris doctorate and a master’s degree in international affairs. After graduating, I hope to become a Foreign Services Officer with the Department of State. On my free time, you can find me at a movie theater. I try to catch a movie once a week. I am really looking forward to the upcoming year!