#WeAreElliott Wednesday Profiles

Blog- Current Student Profiles

School is back in session, our fall travel is in full swing, and students everywhere are preparing their graduate school application! And what better way to learn about why the Elliott School is the place to be than from current students!

Every Wednesday, we’ll post profiles provided by current Elliott School students about why they chose Elliott, living in DC, finding jobs and internships and more!

Have a question for a current Elliott School student? Send them to esiagrad@gwu.edu with “#WeAreElliott Questions” in the subject line or leave them here as a comment!

Catch ya on Wednesday!

2017 Incoming Class: Madison Nervig

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Meet Madison – Incoming International Affairs student concentrating in International Development and Conflict Resolution!

I graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 2017 with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. I focused on Africa and the Middle East as well as obtaining a concentration in Conflict Resolution Studies. During my time at W&J I studied abroad in Pamplona, Spain for a semester and traveled to Germany and France while abroad. I studied traditional and modern political systems and societies while in Senegal and I studied federal funding in regards to public works in Puerto Rico. I look forward to continue my international travel during my time at the Elliott School and seeing more of the world.

This summer I plan on working as much as possible and saving money as well as traveling when I have the chance. In the past, I have completed different internships ranging from sales to a 501(c)3 charity intern!

In my free time I love to read, go on food adventures, cook, and talk about peace initiatives at social gatherings. I hope to work in the field of conflict resolution helping to resolve many modern and future conflicts, potentially at the UN, after receiving my degree from the Elliott School.

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: Yint Hmu

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Meet Yint – Incoming Security Policy Studies student from Burma concentrating in Intelligence!

I was born in Yangon, Burma and grew up there until I moved to New York a few months short of my fourteenth birthday. Before I moved to New York, I was a competitive sailor for a few years. I represented Burma on numerous occasions and competed in international regattas. My childhood sports career peaked in 2009 when I ranked number one in Burma and was made the National Team Captain.
I recently graduated from Fordham University with double-majors in Political Science and Classics. During my time at Fordham, I served on the executive board of the undergraduate United Student Government for two years and got a first hand experience in dealing with bureaucracy, something that I will never forget.
I’m in the Security Policy Studies program with a concentration in Intelligence, though I have yet to decide on a second concentration.
I love every aspect about food. A lasting influence of growing up with grandma. I actually chaired a Student Government committee on improving the dining services on campus for two years. If I’m not out seeking new restaurants, you’ll find me in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.
Looking forward to meeting all of you. Come say hi and don’t be a stranger!
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.

International Affairs Review (IAR) CALL FOR STAFF

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Looking to get more involved at the Elliott School, build your resume, and work with a great staff? Well you’re in luck! The International Affairs Review is still accepting applications for editors for the 2017-2018 academic year. Come be a part of the Elliott School’s prestigious academic journal and contribute to the biannual publications. Please visit http://www.iar-gwu.org for a detailed description of open positions and submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to iar@gwu.edu.

2017 Incoming Class: Desiree Arriola

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Meet Desiree – Incoming student in the International Studies (MIS) program, concentrating in International Law & Organizations.

Hello! My name is Desiree Rose Arriola. After graduating from Old Dominion University, majoring in Asian Studies and double minoring in French and International Business, I continued to do my Masters in International Relations at Ewha Womans University, one of Elliott’s many partner institutions. There, I concentrated in international legal studies, regional integration & cooperation, and East Asian studies. I will graduate from Ewha this August and will start classes at Elliott 4 days later!

As an undergraduate, I studied abroad at Yonsei University and Catholic University of Paris. I also interned at Ringier China in Shanghai, and while in Seoul, interned for UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. Needless to say, I thrive living and working in international environments. I love meeting open-minded people, trying new foods, and learning new languages. This summer, I’m spending my time in Bordeaux in hopes of bringing back my French up to speed.

The need to serve as a world citizen motivates me in this field. Believing in the beauty of diversity and the kindness of people, I want to be of use in communicating and innovating ideas between people of different backgrounds, organizations, and policymakers. As such, I would like to pursue a career that combines my interests in the rule of law, public relations, and Asian studies to improve our relationships with each other and the environment.

Living back Stateside is exciting after being abroad for a long time, especially since I’ll only be a drive away from my hometown of Virginia Beach. I look forward to exploring my new home and sharing perspectives with the diverse community of DC and Elliott. To my fellow incoming students, here’s wishing for a great year!

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.

Check out our Fall Travel Schedule!

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Our Fall 2017 travel schedule has now been posted on our website! Check it out to see if we’ll be in your town or at your school’s graduate school fair.

See you on the road!

-ESIA Graduate Admissions Team

APSIA NYC Fair Tuesday, September 12
APSIA DC Fair Wednesday, September 13
APSIA Vancouver Fair Thursday, September 14
AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad Fair Thursday, September 14
APSIA Portland Fair Saturday, September 16
Idealist New York Fair Tuesday, September 19
Idealist Atlanta Fair Wednesday, September 20
UMBC McNair Graduate School Fair Saturday, September 23
Idealist Boston Fair Monday, September 25
Indiana University Bloomington Grad Fair Tuesday, September 26
UVA Charlottesville Graduate & Professional School Fair Wednesday, September 27
Idealist DC Fair Monday, October 2
Utah State University (Logan) Grad Fair Tuesday, October 3
Utah Valley University (Orem) Grad Fair Wednesday, October 4
Idealist Minneapolis Fair Wednesday, October 4
Idealist Chicago Fair Thursday, October 5
University of Utah/Westminster Grad School Expo Thursday, October 5
Idealist Seattle Fair Monday, October 9
Florida State University Graduate & Professional School Fair Tuesday, October 10
University of Texas at Austin Grad Fair Tuesday, October 10
Idealist San Francisco Fair Wednesday, October 11
Idealist Los Angeles Fair Thursday, October 12
Texas A&M Graduate & Professional School Fair Thursday, October 12
University of Florida Beyond the Swamp Grad Fair Wednesday, October 18
MBA Veterans Network Military Transitions Summit Graduate School Fair, Chicago Saturday, October 21
National Collegiate Security Conference, Bethesda Friday, October 27
Lessons from Abroad DC Area Conference Saturday, October 28
McGill University Graduate & Professional School Fair Wednesday, November 1
Arizona State University Tempe Graduate School Fair Thursday, November 2
NMUN DC Opportunity Fair Saturday, November 4
APSIA Tokyo Tuesday, November 7
APSIA Taipei Wednesday, November 8
APSIA Seoul Thursday, November 9
Wake Forest University Graduate & Professional School Day Thursday, November 9
NAAAHP Atlanta Conference Graduate School & Career Fair Friday, November 10
APSIA Virtual Grad School Fair Wednesday, November 15
NMUN Seattle Opportunity Fair Saturday, November 18
AMUN Chicago Graduate School and Career Fair Monday, November 20
Check back for info on spring 2018 travel! TBD

2017 Incoming Class: Sandy Maroun

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Meet Sandy – Incoming International Policy & Practice (MIPP) student from Lebanon concentrating in refugee & migration studies and climate change!

I hold a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and another one in Political Science, in addition to a Master’s Degree in Communications and Media, from the Lebanese University.

I started my career as a journalist in Lebanese and regional media outlets, and for the last eleven years have been working in the advocacy, policy, media and communications departments in development, humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations, such as World Vision and the UN World Food Program, before moving to Save the Children early 2015. I have been one of the early responders to the Syria refugee crisis in Lebanon since the early days of the response in 2012. I have also taken part in the emergency response to the humanitarian crisis in Nepal following the earthquakes in 2015 and in the Greece refugee response as I was deployed to the bordering areas in Northern Greece in 2016.

In my free time, I like taking photos and playing sports such as jogging and hiking.

I hope, after receiving my degree in International Policy and Practice, to work in the design and implementation of programs related to refugees and migrants or design climate change related programs. As I am fluent in English, French and Arabic, and am able to work with communities who speak any of these languages.

I am excited and eager to start my new academic adventure at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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: Jeff Nocton

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Meet Jeff – First year Security Policy Studies student specializing in Transnational Security and Defense Analysis!

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to Chicago, where I earned a BA in History from the University of Chicago. I primarily focused on the history of armed conflict and the circumstances surrounding such moments in history. My studies culminated in a thesis discussing the place that the United States government’s Committee on Public Information’s War Exhibitions had in the overall propaganda campaign during World War One.

My long-time interest in military history has been motivated by a desire to mitigate or avoid the mistakes that created some of the most destructive conflicts in history. The internships in which I have participated since graduation have built on this interest and led me to choose to pursue a career in International Affairs.

During the summer after graduation I worked as a research assistant at the Chicago Project for Security and Terrorism, looking into the circumstances surrounding spectacular terrorist attacks on civilians in Chechnya and Pakistan. Further building on my interests in history, I also interned with the Pritzker Military Museum and Library as a part of their Wikipedia Project, an effort to make in-depth historical records more accessible to the general public. For the last five months I have been working at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as a research assistant working on the Korean War and world nuclear force postures.

Using the knowledge and skills that I hope to gain from this program, I will pursue a career at the Defense Department or in the Intelligence Community. I look forward to all of the opportunities available at the Elliot School and meeting my fellow students.

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.

Our Travel Schedule is LIVE!

Travel Map

Our Fall 2017 travel schedule has now been posted on our website! Check it out to see if we’ll be in your town or at your school’s graduate school fair.

See you on the road!

-ESIA Graduate Admissions Team

APSIA NYC Fair Tuesday, September 12
APSIA DC Fair Wednesday, September 13
APSIA Vancouver Fair Thursday, September 14
AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad Fair Thursday, September 14
APSIA Portland Fair Saturday, September 16
Idealist New York Fair Tuesday, September 19
Idealist Atlanta Fair Wednesday, September 20
UMBC McNair Graduate School Fair Saturday, September 23
Idealist Boston Fair Monday, September 25
Indiana University Bloomington Grad Fair Tuesday, September 26
UVA Charlottesville Graduate & Professional School Fair Wednesday, September 27
Idealist DC Fair Monday, October 2
Utah State University (Logan) Grad Fair Tuesday, October 3
Utah Valley University (Orem) Grad Fair Wednesday, October 4
Idealist Minneapolis Fair Wednesday, October 4
Idealist Chicago Fair Thursday, October 5
University of Utah/Westminster Grad School Expo Thursday, October 5
Idealist Seattle Fair Monday, October 9
Florida State University Graduate & Professional School Fair Tuesday, October 10
University of Texas at Austin Grad Fair Tuesday, October 10
Idealist San Francisco Fair Wednesday, October 11
Idealist Los Angeles Fair Thursday, October 12
Texas A&M Graduate & Professional School Fair Thursday, October 12
University of Florida Beyond the Swamp Grad Fair Wednesday, October 18
MBA Veterans Network Military Transitions Summit Graduate School Fair, Chicago Friday, October 20
National Collegiate Security Conference, Bethesda Friday, October 27
Lessons from Abroad DC Area Conference Saturday, October 28
McGill University Graduate & Professional School Fair Wednesday, November 1
Arizona State University Tempe Graduate School Fair Thursday, November 2
NMUN DC Opportunity Fair Saturday, November 4
APSIA Tokyo (Information Forthcoming) Tuesday, November 7
APSIA Taipei (Information Forthcoming) Wednesday, November 8
APSIA Seoul (Information Forthcoming) Thursday, November 9
Wake Forest University Graduate & Professional School Day Thursday, November 9
NAAAHP Atlanta Conference Graduate School & Career Fair Friday, November 10
APSIA Virtual Grad School Fair (Information Forthcoming) Wednesday, November 15
NMUN Seattle Opportunity Fair Saturday, November 18
AMUN Chicago Graduate School and Career Fair Monday, November 20
Check back for info on spring 2018 travel! TBD