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Right in the middle of Washington, DC, mere blocks away from the White House and State Department, GWU is the perfect place to study International Affairs. The location gives students access to incredible extracurricular activities and resources, such as foreign embassy events, but the school itself also goes out of its way to the bring the world to its campus. Interested students are even invited to get involved in events such as foreign policy colloquia. Faculty are experienced, informed and responsive, as are program advisers. Of course, when students need a break from studying, the campus is a also a great place to hang out and make friends. Dorms are comfortable and community oriented, and the campus offers varied and interesting events of all sorts all year round.
I felt that the Elliott School of International Affairs was an excellent institution for me to receive my education in International Affairs. I had the opportunity to learn from professors who were professionals or had been professionals in the subject they were teaching. For example, my International Economics, Finance professor was a consultant at the World Bank. This was invaluable to me as a student.
Like most undergraduate programs, GWU is what you make of it. The culture of the institution is such that you have to seek out opportunities to find them, however- they abound. Their strength is the focus on career developing connections that one can make by engaging with the city at large, university events, and professors. Many professors are adjunct and are therefore directly connected in the field with live connections and experiences. That said, there is great value in full time faculty who have the commitment to teaching and arguably, the time to invest in preparing students to take those opportunities. I was lucky to have a good number of classes with full time faculty who helped me grow as a professional and person. I graduated a while ago and know the school is actively investing in the school. If asked whether I would return my answer would most definitely be yes. I am not sure if this is selection bias- as the undergraduate experience is truly unique and something I recommend to everyone.
Professors were thought leaders in their field. Amazing academic resources. Suuuuuuuper expensive. Not a strong sense of community if that's what you're looking for. Extremely smart peers that challenge you. I fealt out of place as a scholarship student in a school full of rich kids at first, but the relationships that were made and the friends that I still have were priceless. There is nowhere quite like DC, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Business--or something more technical.
Do what you love for fun, major in something that can sustain the lifestyle you wish to have. Move t the city where you see yourself and is best for your major:: Politics: DC, Arts: NYC, Natural Sciences: coast, etc. And yes, Undergraduate is just as important as Masters bc without a good foundation you cant move ahead.
My school was a perfect fit for me. It allowed me to gain the academic and professional skills I needed, while having a vibrant student life and social scene. It had a perfect balance.
Yes I would have. International affairs has always been my passion.
In college, explore all your interests. Do not be afraid to find out who you truly are and go for it. College is about leaving your comfort zone.
GWU was a good fit for me. It did feel quite large at times but as the courses became more specialized I was truly able to make good relationships with my Professors and benefit form my program. The location in DC made it so easy to get internships which were crucial to my development as a professional.
I would choose the same major of International Affairs but I would have minored in Business or Marketing and Communications.
Think about your minors. Study what you love but make sure that you also learn skills that are transferable to the field you hope to work in. Internships are key!
GWU was a great fit for me, because it felt like an actual campus while still being situated in a city. It had great student organizations and opportunities for many internships. It's location was also key to meeting people from different parts of the country and the world.
I would not choose a different degree. I picked GWU because I wanted to study political science, and GWU was the perfect place to be (in Washington, DC).
Networking is the most useful way to hear about new jobs or opportunities. Get involved on campus, get to know the faculty, advisers, student leaders, and it will open doors.
It was a good fit because of my studies and DC was the perfect location for International Affairs. I would have preferred a more diverse campus and one that supported students a bit more than being so independent.
Yes, I love development work and want to work for a multilateral/international org after my master's degree.
1. Choose something you love. 2. Be proactive in finding internships and forming relationships with professors 3. Get outside of the college bubble by exploring the city/town you're in. 4. Have fun, it's a once in a lifetime experience. 5. Remember anything you study can be marketed the way you want it to be and this is not the end of the road. Work hard but make sure you enjoy yourself and what you study and don't take yourself too seriously. This is the time to explore the different avenues available and dabble in everything you love.
I think it was a good fit considering what I wanted my education to do for me. I didn't really make my decision based on the social scene, but instead based on what it could do for my career. I, therefore, think it was a good fit and experience overall.
Yes I would have but I would have done it at the same time as another degree.
Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. Not everywhere you will be happy will continue to make you happy.