2017 Incoming Class: Ali Almulla

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Meet Ali – First year International Affairs student from Kuwait!

In the Arab world, when we want to greet other people, we say (Salaam Alai-kum). (Salaam) is an Arabic word that means (peace). (Alai-kum) is an Arabic word that means (be upon you). So, (Salaam Alai-kum) means (Peace be upon you), or simply, Hi!

Hi, Salaam Alaikum, my name is Ali Almulla and I am from the State of Kuwait. After graduating from Al-Bayan Bilingual High School in Kuwait, I moved to the United States (Peoria, Illinois) and studied Industrial Engineering at Bradley University (Go far, Go Bradley). After graduating from Bradley University with a B.A. in Industrial Engineering, I moved back to Kuwait and joined Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development Program for Engineers and Architects.

Arabic is my first language and teaching Arabic to other people is something that I really enjoy doing! I also enjoy learning new languages. Learning new languages is important because it is the best way for communicating with other people and for understanding their unique cultures. During my free time, I try to learn as many languages as I can, such as Hebrew, Deutsch, and Swahili.

I have decided to attend GWU due to its location and distinguished program. Located in Washington D.C., George Washington University has access to many government and non-government agencies, social events, diplomatic societies, and many networking opportunities across the United States and the world. I am looking forward to the opportunity of surrounding myself with ambitious people like you and many other international affairs practitioners in and around Washington D.C. to learn from your experiences and to share my experiences with you.

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.

#TuesdayTips: Sending Official Transcripts

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#TuesdayTip2: Sending Official Transcripts

As per our website, all incoming students are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended from undergrad and after, regardless of whether or not you earned credit (i.e., military courses, training certificates, certificates of completion), or if credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.

If a program/training did not come with a transcript or documentation of completion, please reach out to the program and have a representative contact us directly regarding your participation. Proof of participation may be in the form of an email to us, directly from the program/representative, at esiagrad@gwu.edu.

Transcripts are due by August 28th. After that, should you have any transcripts outstanding, a hold will be placed on your account for each missing transcript. Holds will prevent you for changing/adding classes for fall 2017 and spring 2018. They should be sent to us via email at esiagrad@gwu.edu or via post to:

Office of Graduate Admissions                                                                                                             1957 E St NW, Suite 301                                                                                                                          Washington DC 20011

Still have questions? Want to know which transcripts we need? Feel free to email us at esiagrad@gwu.edu and we’ll be happy to help!

 

2017 Incoming Class: Lexi Wong

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Meet Lexi (formally Alexandra) – First year International Affairs student and former English teacher in China, considering a concentration in Asia.

I was born in McAllen, TX but actually grew up in Las Vegas, NV and Aberdeen, WA. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2011 with a double major in Chinese Studies and Global Studies. Whilst at PLU, I studied abroad three times in China, Argentina, and Antarctica. During my first study abroad in China, I studied Western China and had the opportunity to travel to Tibet. The second time I was in China, I studied ethnic minorities in Southwestern China through SIT (The School of International Training) and wrote a paper in the field on silversmithing and tourism. When in Argentina and Antarctica for a month, I explored the connection between the region and environmental literature. While I’m not sure of the possibility of a semester abroad at the Elliot School, I hope the opportunity arises.

After graduation, I naturally headed straight back to Chengdu, Sichuan Province to teach English at Sichuan University for a year and to enhance my Mandarin skills. After that, I moved to Hong Kong SAR to teach English at a girls’ Catholic kindergarten. Living in Hong Kong has enabled me to travel all over Asia, learn Cantonese, brush up on my Mandarin, run five marathons, and live in a global city.

In between the end of my job and the start of school, I’m hoping to travel to Burma and Kyoto, Japan to explore a bit.

When not working, I am running, training to become a yoga teacher, hiking, and reading.

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.

#TuesdayTips: Your Unofficial Guide to Grad School @ Elliott

With the start of the fall semester just weeks away, there’s nothing like a little institutional knowledge to help you stay ahead of the game! Every Tuesday, I (Yadira!) will post a tip (or two) to help make your transition to grad school at Elliott just a little smoother 🙂

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#TuesdayTip 1: Immunization Forms – DO THEM ASAP!!

For anyone under the age of 26, GWU Immunization forms are due August 1! If they aren’t submitted by this date, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from changing or adding any other classes on GWeb. However, it will not drop any classes you’ve already registered for. So if for whatever reason it’s November and it’s still not submitted, you will be prevented from registering for classes in spring 2018. Yikes!

Holds can also be placed on your account because of missing official transcripts, having a balance of any amount on your student account, or not turning in your plan of study – all of which we’ll go over in future #TuesdayTips!

Until then, stay fly,

-Y

2017 Incoming Class: Ashton Bitton

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Meet Ashton – First year MA in International Development Studies!

While I wish I could focus my studies on all areas of specialization, I plan to concentrate on Economic Development and Social Enterprise/Private Sector Development.

I graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in English Literature in 2015 with foci in graphic novels and movie analysis. Completely different from development, I know. I went to Rwanda for a service-learning project the summer before I graduated and it changed my entire trajectory.

After I graduated, I traveled around Western Europe and then taught English in China. I have worked remotely doing HR, marketing, and coordination for a translation/localization recruiting company based out of Portland for the last 4 ½ years now. I have always had an interest in learning languages but eventually limited myself to just bettering my Spanish (I often slip up and try my hand at Turkish on Duolingo).

The most exciting thing I’m doing this summer is moving all the way across the country from California to DC! I know absolutely no one in the area so I’m really looking forward to meeting you all.

In my free time I love to go running. I also like hoppy beer, Korean food, nice-smelling candles, and enjoying those three things while finding a movie to critique or TV show to binge on Netflix or Hulu. My favorite podcast is Chapo Trap House and my favorite part of SNL is Weekend Update.

With my degree I hope to work in bottom-up development wherever the help is needed by the time I graduate. I am incredibly excited to study at the Elliott School and take advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer!

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.

2017 Incoming Class: Yumeng Zhang

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Meet Yumeng – First year International Affairs student & amateur chef from China!

I was born and raised in Shenyang, China and moved to the United States 4 years ago for my Bachelor’s degree. I recently graduated from Wofford College with a BA in Government and French.

Having done my undergraduate studies in a small Southern town, I directed most of my time studying and promoting cultural diversity, which leads me to pursue a MA in International Affairs with ESIA.

During my undergraduate years, I had the opportunity to lead the French Club on campus, and to spend a semester studying and working for a non-profit NGO in Paris. I hope to further develop my understanding of the diversity of the world through my upcoming studies at ESIA and potentially more semesters abroad.

With the knowledge and experience that ESIA can provide me, I hope to further pursue a career of conference interpretation. I am thrilled about the potential opportunities I might have at ESIA and in the DC area.

In my free time, I am an amateur chef and I love cooking for myself and for others (Check out my foodstagram: chefmengga). I enjoy hiking and have also recently started learning photography.

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.

2017 Incoming Class: Caitlin Jones

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Meet Caitlin – First year Security Policy Studies student with concentrations in Security & Development and Natural Resources & the Environment.

I graduated in May, 2017 from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia where I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Global Studies with a concentration on Human Security and Disaster Management, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies with Honors, and a minor in Economics. During my undergraduate career, I interned with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency where I assisted in rewriting emergency management plans and partaking in exercises. I studied abroad in 2015 in Provence, France where I studied history, culture, and to an extent, wine.

This summer I am excited to be interning at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Norfolk, VA, attempting to address client needs in a team with varying disciplines and skills.

I am very interested in environmental security – which was the topic behind my undergraduate honors research. I hope to further pursue an understanding of security from different perspectives to strengthen my skills in environmental security, development, and diplomacy. I hope to one day serve as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department, specializing in these fields.

For fun I enjoy traveling and what some may consider “extreme sports” such as hang gliding, sky diving, and scuba diving! I recently got my PADI advanced open water diver certification and am looking forward to exploring the world at greater depths!

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.

2017 Incoming Class: Rubi Corral

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Meet Rubi – First year Security Policy Studies student from Mexico, concentrating in Cybersecurity and Security & Development!

Hi! My name is Rubi Corral and I am from Mexico!  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, which is located in Cholula, a beautiful town surrounded by pyramids and volcanos.

I am originally from Ciudad Juarez, a town on the border between Mexico and the United States, also well-known in Mexico as the home of the fabulous and famous singer, Juan Gabriel!

I have spent the last five years living in Mexico City, where I work for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in the U.S. Embassy.  My current job focuses on professionalizing and equipping the Mexican police forces.  I have had the opportunity to work directly on security-related issues through the Merida Initiative, which is a 2 billion dollar justice-sector aid program the United States is providing to Mexico since 2008.  In my current position I work on programs focused on addressing criminal activities that are taking place online.  I have learned a lot from the Department of State, it is a place I will always remember as the catalyzer of my professional career.  I have wonderful and intelligent Mexican and American colleagues that I am sure I will work with again later in life.

Before I move to D.C., I will travel to Europe where I will be visiting friends and family.  I am very much looking forward to living in D.C. and for classes at GWU.  I am sure I will meet very interesting people and colleagues.  I can’t wait!

See you soon!

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.