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Aug11, 2022

#ElliottProud: Alan Orquiza

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |August 11, 2022

Alan Orquiza graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs in 1992 with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in German Languages and Literature.  From 1990-1991, he was a junior year exchange student at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg, Bamberg Germany.  All ten of his courses were taught in German!  As a result of this exchange year, he is fluent in the German language and gets to use his skills on the job from time to time.  During his ...
Aug10, 2022

#WeAreElliott: Celina Pouchet

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |August 10, 2022

Celina Pouchet is a second-year Master’s candidate in the Security Policy Studies program at the Elliott School, concentrating in U.S. National Security and transnational non-state actors. Prior to graduate school, Celina worked in local politics and the timeshare industry during her undergraduate studies in Orlando, Florida. She received her B.A. in Political Science concentrating in American politics and policy, with a minor in terrorism and national security studies from the University of ...
Aug10, 2022

A SIPA Love Story: PowerPoint Slides to Soulmates!

By Columbia University |August 10, 2022

Before SIPA, Eduarda was living in Brasilia working for the Inter-American Development Bank with climate change projects in partnership with… Read More A SIPA Love Story: PowerPoint Slides to Soulmates!...
Aug09, 2022

Alumna discusses her career path to consulting

By Johns Hopkins University |August 9, 2022

Rosalind (Roz) Reischer, Certificate '16, is currently ​​an associate director at APCO's Washington, D.C.-based Public Affairs practice. What led you to the HNC and China? Roz studied Chinese and East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia, then moved to China and worked for a few years in HR and recruiting for a Chinese company. She transitioned to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center because she wanted to learn more about energy security and international relations, and found the Ener...
Aug09, 2022

Five-year updates: Cristina follows her tech policy interests to the startup world

By Tufts University |August 9, 2022

Today we’ll continue to check in with five-years removed alumni. Cristina is another “old friend” of Admissions, and we’re delighted to receive this update from her. Where am I now? I’m currently based in my hometown of Mexico City, where I’m a Public Affairs Associate at Kavak, the largest online pre-owned car retailer and the most valuable startup in Latin America. In that capacity, I interact with federal and state authorities in Mexico, and other relevant actors ...
Aug09, 2022

Preparing Students for Competent, Compelling, and Compassionate Careers

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |August 9, 2022

This post, written by Laila Sorurbakhsh, Associate Director of the Master of International Policy and Practice Program, is a companion piece for her article Translating Social Science Skill Sets for Careers Beyond Academic. Students of international affairs learn quickly that inclusive approaches to policymaking are often the most successful.  Deriving skills from anthropological studies, political science, economics, geography, and history provides a well-rounded toolkit to not only a...
Aug05, 2022

A Pioneering Economist Wants to Level the Playing Field

By Columbia University |August 5, 2022

Professor Sandra Black works on research to help American society understand how to make the United States the land of… Read More A Pioneering Economist Wants to Level the Playing Field...
Aug04, 2022

Five-year updates: Rafael’s path to the European Council on Foreign Relations

By Tufts University |August 4, 2022

I particularly love checking in with our five-years-removed alumni. It’s of course always great to learn what they’ve been up to, but it’s also always a little jolt to be reminded how quickly time passes. Without fail, it always feels like no more than a year since we saw these folks wandering the Hall of Flags. In Rafael’s case, we also saw him during Admissions Committee meetings, in our office where he worked as a Graduate Assistant, and at all manner of Admissions eve...
Aug04, 2022

#ElliottProud: Rachel Dyl

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |August 4, 2022

Rachel Dyl graduated Magna Cum Laude from Denison University in 2018 with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. After graduation, she taught English as a foreign language in Chile and was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Peru. Upon returning to the states, she earned an M.A. in International Development Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where her research and coursework focused on education access and quality in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region....
Aug04, 2022

Five-year updates: Rafael’s path to the European Council on Foreign Relations

By Tufts University |August 4, 2022

I particularly love checking in with our five-years-removed alumni. It’s of course always great to learn what they’ve been up to, but it’s also always a little jolt to be reminded how quickly time passes. Without fail, it always feels like no more than a year since we saw these folks wandering the Hall of Flags. In Rafael’s case, we also saw him during Admissions Committee meetings, in our office where he worked as a Graduate Assistant, and at all manner of Admissions events. He was very...
Aug03, 2022

#WeAreElliott: Aaron Irion

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |August 3, 2022

Aaron Irion is a second-year Masters student at the Elliott School, where he studies International Affairs and U.S. Foreign Policy. He received his Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Montana in 2019. He is currently a Research Specialist at the Illiberalism Studies Program where he researches and writes about populism, illiberalism, and the far-right. He previously worked in politics, as the Deputy Operations Director on a U.S. Senate race i...
Aug02, 2022

#IncomingElliott: Yihong Zhang

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |August 2, 2022

Yihong (Peter) Zhang is an incoming Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) student at the Elliot School, concentrating in areas of Russian and Eastern European studies. Yihong received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in international relations and Russian from the University of Rochester in 2022. He is particularly interested in the cultural and political scenes and has been working to become a region expert over the years of his undergraduate studies. He has translated Sovie...
Aug02, 2022

Waiting for the application to open? Actionable items you can do right now to be ready!

By Columbia University |August 2, 2022

It’s almost that time of year again – applications for the 2023 application cycle will be opening soon! This post… Read More Waiting for the application to open? Actionable items you can do right now to be ready!...
Aug01, 2022

Rosenthal Summer Intern Check-In

By Columbia University |August 1, 2022

We cannot believe it’s already the beginning of August — where did summer go? Many of our students are busy… Read More Rosenthal Summer Intern Check-In...
Aug01, 2022

Former Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada joins Fletcher faculty

By Tufts University |August 1, 2022

Another exciting new faculty appointment recently announced at Fletcher: Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former President of Costa Rica, has joined the faculty as Professor of Practice in Diplomacy and as Senior Fellow in the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World. Under President Alvarado Quesada’s leadership, Costa Rica was noted for its ambitious climate change mitigation policies, a robust COVID-19 response, and a commitment to protecting the oceans. Says Dean Kyte of his appointment “...
Aug01, 2022

Former Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada joins Fletcher faculty

By Tufts University |August 1, 2022

Another exciting new faculty appointment recently announced at Fletcher: Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former President of Costa Rica, has joined the faculty as Professor of Practice in Diplomacy and as Senior Fellow in the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World. Under President Alvarado Quesada’s leadership, Costa Rica was noted for its ambitious climate change mitigation policies, a robust COVID-19 response, and a commitment to protecting the oceans. Says Dean Kyte of his appointment “I am...
Jul28, 2022

#ElliottProud: Kayla Adams

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 28, 2022

Kayla Adams is a Program Analyst at the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Office of Equity and Civil Rights. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Conflict and Conflict Resolution from the George Washington’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation, Kayla worked for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Developme...
Jul28, 2022

Which HKS master’s degree program is the right fit?

By Harvard |July 28, 2022

Here in the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, we’re hard at work preparing the application for the next admissions cycle. For those applying to HKS for the 2023-2024 academic year, we expect the application to be available in September—stay tuned for more information.If you are considering applying to an HKS master’s degree program, you may still be asking yourself which degree program is the right fit. This is ultimately a personal decision that hinges on your personal preferences...
Jul27, 2022

First-year Alumni: Andrew’s path to DoD

By Tufts University |July 27, 2022

It’s alumni update time! I always love hearing from our recent alumni about what they’ve been up to since their student days. Longtime blog readers might remember Andrew, a 2021 MALD graduate, from his many appearances in this space during his time at Fletcher as he and his compatriots dominated a series of cyber-security simulation competitions. As is common for Fletcher students, these involvements played a crucial role in Andrew’s professional path: I arrived at The Fletcher...
Jul27, 2022

#WeAreElliott: Crystal Lee

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 27, 2022

Crystal Lee is pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Communication. Crystal is currently a Public Information Intern at the United Nations’ Department of Peace Operations. Previously, she was a Community Engagement Intern at the International Rescue Committee, where she contributed to the organization’s office expansion plan and researched the role of the media in generating propaganda and instigating violence through disinformation during the election period. Crystal graduated from P...
Jul27, 2022

First-year Alumni: Andrew’s path to DoD

By Tufts University |July 27, 2022

It’s alumni update time! I always love hearing from our recent alumni about what they’ve been up to since their student days. Longtime blog readers might remember Andrew, a 2021 MALD graduate, from his many appearances in this space during his time at Fletcher as he and his compatriots dominated a series of cyber-security simulation competitions. As is common for Fletcher students, these involvements played a crucial role in Andrew’s professional path: I arrived at The Fletcher Schoo...
Jul26, 2022

Personal Finance with Professor Armstrong-Taylor

By Johns Hopkins University |July 26, 2022

This past May, Hopkins-Nanjing Center Professor Paul Armstrong-Taylor held an online lecture on personal finance. HNC certificate’22 student Eljoy summarizes the lessons he learned. The “Wednesday Morning” newsletter is a tradition that the HNC started to keep students updated on campus-hosted events and other important reminders for the week. They have included interest group discussions, Friday lectures by HNC and non-HNC professors, and virtual meetings with alumni. One such event ...
Jul26, 2022

#IncomingElliott: Pets Edition

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 26, 2022

The Elliott School Fall 2022 incoming class represents a diverse and enthusiastic group of students, joining the Elliott School community from across the U.S. and around the world! One thing many of them have in common is a love for animals and their pets. We asked some of our incoming Elliott School students to introduce themselves and share a little bit about their pets! Carsyn Baxter(and Bennett & Sherman)International Development Studies Carsyn Baxter’s dogs, Sherman ...
Jul25, 2022

Nothing to see here: application “cycle prep”

By Tufts University |July 25, 2022

Today a quick update from the “things no one asked but that I’m telling you anyway” file. As is the case around this time each year, our application will be unavailable on the website for a short period while we complete tasks for annual “cycle prep.” From both a technical and user experience perspective it’s not good practice to meddle with the application architecture during the year when it’s live, so we carve out a brief offline period annually to do...
Jul25, 2022

Nothing to see here: application “cycle prep”

By Tufts University |July 25, 2022

Today a quick update from the “things no one asked but that I’m telling you anyway” file. As is the case around this time each year, our application will be unavailable on the website for a short period while we complete tasks for annual “cycle prep.” From both a technical and user experience perspective it’s not good practice to meddle with the application architecture during the year when it’s live, so we carve out a brief offline period annually to do various bits of freshening ...
Jul22, 2022

My Reapplication to SIPA: Advice from an Alumni

By Columbia University |July 22, 2022

My name is Irina and I am from Bucharest, Romania. I studied Economic and Political Development with a double specialization… Read More My Reapplication to SIPA: Advice from an Alumni...
Jul21, 2022

Fletcher welcomes new Professor of Cultural Diplomacy

By Tufts University |July 21, 2022

Before my time at Fletcher it had never occurred to me the extent of Venn diagram-overlap between international affairs and the arts. There really is something to it, though: the musical talent contained within a typical Fletcher class can be staggering, and the annual Fletcher recital is a professional-level showcase. More than a few of our faculty are likewise extremely gifted musicians. And as regular blog readers know, every member of our current admissions team save yours truly has a fine a...
Jul21, 2022

#ElliottProud: John Chrobak

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |July 21, 2022

John Chrobak is a Research Program Assistant for the Illiberalism Studies Program. He has an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs with a specialization in U.S. Foreign Policy and Eurasian Politics. His work has focused particularly on regional politics and security in Eurasia as well as the use of social media to manipulate and spread information for political influence. More recently, his work has focused on democracy resilience. He has previously ...
Jul21, 2022

Fletcher welcomes new Professor of Cultural Diplomacy

By Tufts University |July 21, 2022

Before my time at Fletcher it had never occurred to me the extent of Venn diagram-overlap between international affairs and the arts. There really is something to it, though: the musical talent contained within a typical Fletcher class can be staggering, and the annual Fletcher recital is a professional-level showcase. More than a few of our faculty are likewise extremely gifted musicians. And as regular blog readers know, every member of our current admissions team save yours truly has a fine a...
Jul19, 2022

HNC students explore geological formations in Taiwan

By Johns Hopkins University |July 19, 2022

Jacob Davis was one of several students who relocated to Taiwan for the spring 2022 semester. While taking classes at National Taiwan University (NTU) alongside his main virtual coursework with HNC has been challenging, field trips for various classes have proven rewarding in enhancing students' knowledge about the region. Jacob discusses an excursion taken with his NTU geology class.  Being a student in HNC classes as well as NTU classes can be a pretty exhausting experience. But...