#IncomingElliott: Henry Knecht

#IE Knecht

Henry Knecht is starting his Masters in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School in the Fall 2019 semester. Henry is coming back from his Peace Corps service, which he began in February 2016. He worked as a Health Extension Volunteer in a small village in Senegal for 27 Months. There he became fluent in the local language, Sereer, and worked to promote health in malaria prevention, nutrition, maternal and child health, and water and sanitation hygiene. He then continued his service by moving to the Peace Corps Liberia post where he worked as the Malaria Coordinator for one year as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. Henry hopes to continue work in the West Africa region, promoting peace and security.

What’s on your bucket list when you get to DC?

I am excited to visit as many of the attractions as I can, both in and around DC.  I particularly am looking forward to exploring all the parks and museums. I love walking around and exploring new places

Is there anything about moving to DC/starting grad school that you’re nervous about?

I am definitely nervous about coming back to the US. As I’m sure any other returning Peace Corps Volunteer would agree, it takes some time to readjust to life in America.

 What are you looking forward to about starting your MA program?

I am looking forward to really diving into my classes, and engaging in the subject matters at hand. I am also looking forward to meeting other students in the program.

How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?

Pineapple pizza is fine I guess, but is that really going to be your first choice?

The #IncomingElliott series highlights incoming Elliott School graduate students and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective and current students. The views expressed by students profiled do not necessarily represent those of organizations they work for, are affiliated with, or the Elliott School of International Affairs. Find out more about this program by creating a CustomViewbook!

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