#TuesdayTips: Immunization Forms

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For anyone under the age of 26, GWU Immunization forms are due via the online portal by 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 2020.

The Colonial Health Center (CHC), which manages the immunization submissions, is a multidisciplinary, integrated, student healthcare service that provides confidential, student-centered care in an accessible, safe, culturally sensitive, and supportive environment. The CHC seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices and to holistically support the physical and emotional well-being of students in order to achieve academic success. They are located on the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW).

#TuesdayTips: Comprehensive Action Plans (CAP)

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The Elliott School Comprehensive Action Plans (CAP) outlines the courses you will take as part of your MA program. Depending on the program, you will have different requirements and options for concentrations. To see what your required courses are and concentrations available within your program, visit your program page and click on “Program of Study” near the top.You do not need to complete this now and please do not send us your CAPs. You will be contacted by your Program Director and Advising when it’s your time to turn it in!

Around September/October, you’ll be contacted by your Program Director and Academic Advisor to arrange for a 1-1 meeting to discuss your Comprehensive Action Plan, which outlines all of the classes you expect to take to reach your credit threshold for a degree. Depending on whether you are a full-time or part-time student, you’re able to make changes to this plan, even after it’s submitted.

If you want to get a head start, we encourage you to view the Comprehensive Action Plan for your program here. Questions about your plan? Contact your academic advisor!

To reiterate, you do not need to complete this now and please do not send us your Comprehensive Action Plans. You will be contacted by your Program Director and Advising when it’s your time to turn it in!

#TuesdayTips: What’s #AroundElliott

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As we get closer to the start of the Fall 2019 semester, you’ll want to know what’s #AroundElliott so you can keep yourself entertained while you’re on or around campus. Use this as a guide to some of the popular places for food, studying, and killing time before class!

When you need a break:

  • Free in DC: All 16 Smithsonian museums are free, including the zoo! The Renwick Gallery is just a 5-minute walk from the Elliott School.
  • Memorials and monuments are all over the city and are scenic environments for studying, tanning, picnicking, etc!
  • There are some great outdoor spaces, and you can take the 80 bus from Elliott to the Kennedy Center to catch their daily, free shows at 6pm!
  • Rawlins Park (directly in front of the Elliott School), or the no-name park next to it in front of the General Services Administration building.
  • Square 80 Park (South Yard) on campus is hidden between Strong Hall, South Hall, and Guthridge Hall, accessible from G or 21st streets.
  • Anniversary Park, next to the Foggy Bottom Grocery store (aka FoBoGro) and accessible from F St.

When you need sustenance:

  • It’s both great and terrible to have both a Starbucks and a 7-11 attached to the Elliott School Building
  • Cafe Aria at 19th and F is great if you need something quick, but can’t get too far from Elliott. They offer breakfast (sandwiches, bagels, strombolis) and lunch (sandwiches, pizzas, more strombolis) every day.
  • District House: This place has something for everyone: a Chik-fil-A, Sol Mexican Food, Wiseguys Pizza and more! It can get pretty busy during the semester, but luckily there’s also plenty of food trucks…
  • Food Truck Fiesta: DC has seen the food truck scene get pretty wild, and there are always trucks set up around campus. If you aren’t near the library or at the metro, the closest line of food trucks to the Elliott building is near the State Department on Virginia Ave. Some ESIAGrad office favorites include Far East Taco, DC Fried Chicken, and Captain Cookie (which also has a brick and mortar store on campus!)
  • GCDC, short for Grilled Cheese DC, is exactly what it sounds like. Grilled cheese galore. On top of that, any of their grilled cheese delights can be made into a quesadilla or mac & cheese dish, so you have choices when it comes to your preferred cheese platter
  • Whole Foods: The Whole Foods on campus (22nd & I) has a hot food bar for noodles, sandwiches, pizza, and just about anything else your heart could desire. There’s also a bar with beers on tap or you can choose from their loose bottles. There’s tons of seating inside and a little patio around the entrance, great for people watching!

When you need to unwind after class:

  • Tonic at Quigley’s is a campus staple! And where French President Emmanual Macron ate lunch before his Town Hall on campus in April 2018. We recommend the “Totchos,” which are tater-tots with nacho fixin’s
  • Elephant & Castle, though a chain, has a solid happy hour for the grad student on a budget who also wants a delicious pretzel
  • The rooftop of the Hive Hotel at Virginia and F is where you want to go for frosé on a hot Friday in July. You’ll also have a pretty lovely view of the city and campus
  • The Bottom Line is a dive bar, so set your expectations accordingly and order yourself some greasy, bacon and cheddar wrapped tots

#TuesdayTips: Getting Around DC

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There are a ton of options when it comes to finding your way around the Beltway. Public transport, apps, and alternate routes let you pick the best way to get from A to B if you have time to take a scenic route or just need to get there.


If you haven’t already, you’ll want to download a DC metro app (i.e MoovitiTransDC, DC Metro) so you know where metro and bus stops are located, how they’re connected, and when the next train or bus is on its way. If you don’t live near a metro station, MetroBus is the best way to get around for $2 and free transfers for up to 2 hours and this year, the DC Circulator became free for all users!

The bus stop closest to the Elliott School is on 19th & F St. and serves bus lines 3Y, 7Y, 16Y, 11Y, N4, S1, and 80. Click here to see bus line maps. The metro stop closest to the Elliott School is Farragut West on the Blue/Orange/Silver line.


Temporary ride services like ZipcarFree2MoveCar2Go and Maven let you use a car only when you need it. Car2Go has a fleet of Smartcars and Mercedes-Benz sedans and SUV’s for you high rollers. Maven has Chevrolet compacts, sedans, and SUV’s and Free2Move rents out the Chevrolet Cruze (car) and Equinox (SUV). Free2Move and Car2Go let you rent by the minute, hour, or day (and in some cases, you don’t have to pay for parking!). Maven and Zipcar rent by the hour or day.


If you don’t already have a bike with gears (beach cruisers won’t work in this town), a membership with Capital Bikeshare lets you make free, 30-min one way trips anywhere in the city. If your trip is longer than 30 min, just dock at a station, get a new bike, and start a new trip! They also have an app (Apple / Android) for finding bikes and empty docks. You can also go for a motorized bike, which are also offered through Capital Bikeshare as black CaBiPlus bikes (extra $1 to ride for members) or the bright orange Jump bikes, which can be docked anywhere.

If you think you’ll be biking around and using all the fabulous protected bike lanes the city has, consider reviewing the resources on the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) website.


Dockless, motorized scooters are the hottest, and arguably most annoying, new thing to hit DC streets. Rides are offered through apps like Lyft, Lime, Skip, Bird, and Jump (by Uber). DC law says neither cyclists nor scooterists are allowed to ride on sidewalks in the city’s central business district, which includes much of the area between Union Station and George Washington University and from the Mall to Massachusetts Avenue.

#TuesdayTips: Graduate Student Services (GSS)

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The Office of Graduate Student Services (GSS) combines graduate academic advisinginternational education, and career development to help students plan their studies for their future career. GSS is dedicated to providing guidance throughout a graduate student’s tenure at the Elliott School and worldwide career opportunities to current graduate students, graduate alumni, and prospective employers.

Academic Advising: Advisors will help guide you in your graduate studies as you choose your courses, develop your plan of study, and navigate your requirements and resources here at GW and the Elliott School. Advisors are assigned by program – find out who your advisor is here and read more about them below!

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Sarah Denes (pronounced ‘Dennis’, IA & Grad Certificates) has worked in higher education since 2009, and prior to joining the Elliott School, she worked with faculty and students in the School of Languages and Literatures at Penn State. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, traveling, eating great food, and hanging out with her husband, Sam, and dog, Ellie.

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Elizabeth Lusk (GC, IDS, ISTP, IEP, SPS) 
received a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership and a specialization in Student Affairs at Old Dominion University (ODU). Her passion for exploration and travel led her to study abroad in Ireland during her undergraduate career and Hong Kong during her graduate coursework. Elizabeth is actively engaged in the leadership of her local alumni chapter and is a member of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

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Patrick Murphy
 (AS, EES, LAHS, MES, MIS) received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Iowa. He spent two years working at World Learning on a Department of State-funded exchange program. Specifically, he worked with undergraduate exchange students from the Middle East, North Africa, and East Asia. He is passionate about higher education and, specifically, the globalization of U.S. college campuses.

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Jonathan Walker
 (MIPP) oversees ESIA’s student services through the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising and the Office of Graduate Student Services. He also works in tandem with ESIA’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion to shape the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Jonathan is a graduate of Fayetteville State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. He completed a Master of Science in College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech University.

International Education: Explore international programs, internship grants and study abroad options. Gain experience by adding a truly international component to your studies! Find out more here.

Career Development: The coaches will help you design a career path that is strategically aligned with your future goals, academic program, and personal interests. The workshops will show you how to sine in an interview or successfully negotiate salary. The networking programs and site visits will connect you to prospective employers and Elliott School alumni mentors. Find out more here.

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Sharon McCoy
served as an Associate Director in the White House Presidential Personnel Office prior to GW, where she contributed to the recruitment, placement, and retention of political appointees at national security agencies. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. McCoy was a Press Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Before her work in the Federal Government, she was a Research Fellow at GovLoop and served as a Program Assistant for the Washington, D.C. semester programs of the University of Georgia (UGA) and New York University (NYU). From 2013 to 2015, she volunteered as a staff member for the group, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). A speaker of Spanish, she has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, including the countries of Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Uruguay. Ms. McCoy received a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.   

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Tara Sonenshine
served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs until 2013. Tara has a distinguished career in government, non-profits, and the media.  She has demonstrated expertise in foreign policy, programming, communications strategy, and public policy and has had extensive dealings with business, community and governmental leaders worldwide.  Her high-level experience in the media includes producing news programs for network television and authoring articles for national print and online media.

She is the winner of 10 News Emmy Awards and other awards in journalism for programs on domestic and international issues. Having served on the Board of Trustees at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and other organizations, she has actively consulted to the private sector, NGO sector, and multiple clients on media outreach, board development, and strategic communications including facilitation and moderating programs for The Wilson Center, The United States Institute of Peace, Voice of America and others. Tara has worked at The White House as Deputy Director of Communications.

Jim Wylde
has 25+ years of experience in global career and leadership development. His background includes 16 years with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and subsequent service as a consultant to international organizations such as the World Bank Group, along with public, private, and non-profit organizations, and universities. For nine years, he managed his own leadership coaching and facilitation practice, WyldeFire Creatives LLC, during which time he was also a Principal Consultant with Contacts Count, a networking training and consulting firm.

He holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oberlin College. As a coach certified through the International Coach Foundation (ICF), he has focused on dynamic communication and global public service. Earlier in his career, Jim served as Director of Cooperative Education at the American University Career Center. With a passion for all things international, Jim speaks Spanish, studied in Tours, France and lived in San José, Costa Rica. His personal mission is to inspire and equip the global leaders of the future. Jim is a co-author of the book Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World (AMACOM 2015).

More questions? Email the office at esiagss@gwu.edu or call at 202-994-3788.

#TuesdayTips: Getting Involved on Campus

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At the Elliott School, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. With student organizations within the school and many more throughout all of George Washington University, there are endless possibilities.

Start off by updating your LinkedIn page to include your Elliott School affiliation and be sure to join the Elliott School group!

Elliott School Graduate Student Board (ESGB)
The Elliott School Graduate Board is responsible for organizing social and professional events for the Elliott graduate student body and is the umbrella organization for all Elliott graduate organizations (see below: GSF, IAR, OAS, OID, PEERS). Find out more about ESGB on Facebook!

Graduate Student Forum (GSF)
The Elliot School’s Graduate Student Forum fosters a strong sense of community among the school. They hold events ranging from museum visits, hikes, and of course, Thursday Night Out’s (TNO’s) during the school year. Expect to hear from them on upcoming events after the school year starts! Find out more about GSF on their website!

International Affairs Review (IAR)
This student-run publication regularly publishes articles written by Elliott School graduate students. These timely articles provide analytical commentary as well as discussions with practitioners, academics, and policymakers. In addition to their website, IAR also publishes a biannual journal featuring policy analyses, book reviews, interviews, and spotlights written by students. Find out more about IAR at iar-gwu.org.

Organization of Asian Studies (OAS)
The Organization of Asian Studies (OAS) is a graduate and undergraduate student organization that seeks to foster an appreciation of Northeast, Southeast, and South Asian culture. The organization focuses on strengthening ties between students and faculty with an interest in Asia through ambitious programming and events, all made possible by the support of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Find out more on their Facebook page!

Organization of International Development (OID)
This topical-focused student organization examines and promotes the theory and practice of international development by hosting round-tables, scholarly presentations, career and networking workshops, film screenings and social events. Find out more about OID at gwuoid.wordpress.com.

Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies (PEERS)
This regionally- focused student organization facilitates academic and professional interactions, increases awareness of the issues affecting the countries of Europe, Eurasia and Russia, and promotes an understanding of these issues from a global perspective. It hosts events throughout the academic year, including embassy visits, round-tables and networking events. Find out more on their Facebook page!

Student Association (SA)
As GW’s student government, the SA represents all 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The SA advocates on behalf of students, allocates funding to student organizations, advertises student programming and assists students. Within the SA Senate, there is an Elliott School graduate student representative position available. Find out more about the SA at sa.gwu.edu.

#TuesdayTips: Student Accounts and Financial Aid

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There are two money/payment related offices you’ll interact with during your time at GW, but knowing where to go can be confusing. Depending on the issue, knowing which office to reach out to from the start will save you time!

Student Accounts Office

The Student Accounts Office is in charge of eBill, the online platform used for students to make all payments towards tuition and fees. You are charged by semester and payment is due by the first day of the semester. You can expect to receive your fall 2019 ebill some time in July/August and payment will be due by the first day of classes, August 26th.

Contact the Student Accounts Office for questions regarding:

The Student Accounts Office can be contacted at sao@gwu.edu or 202-994-7350.

Office of Student Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance is in charge of the monitoring, processing, and distribution of fellowships from the University, student loans, work-study, and military benefits. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for questions regarding:

The Office of Student Financial Assistance can be contacted at finaid@gwu.edu or 202-994-6620.