Ambassador Profiles

Get to know our amazing Ivan Allen College Ambassadors by selecting one from our ten majors below. Have a question about their majors, minors, or activities? Contact them!

ALIS

APPLIED LANGUAGES AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

This program delivers foreign language study in contexts of social and technical communication, cultural perspectives, industry, technology, arts, and literature.

Rita Berglund

ALIS Appled Languages and Intercultural Studies | Concentration in Japanese | Minor in International Affairs | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I am currently the secretary for the Japanese Student Association and a member of the Seoulstice dance team. I am also currently working on campus at the Student Center.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

Last year, I completed a research internship on meat consumption and vegetarianism. I have also helped organize many events, like mochi-tsuki and nagashi-somen, for the Japanese Student Association.

What do you like best about your major?
I love ALIS because of the freedom I have within my course requirements to really focus on what I care and want to learn about. After graduating, I hope to work in Japan and the multitude of Japanese courses Tech offers, from Japanese Literature and Culture to Business Japanese, ensures that I will be ready for life in Japan. I also love how I will have the opportunity to study abroad, which I cannot wait to do.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love being a part of the Ivan Allen College because we get a liberal arts education with a unique twist! Having to take not just humanities courses, but technical courses as well gives us an advantage over other liberal arts students. I also love all the opportunities we have here at Tech to grow as students and individuals through various leadership positions, internships, and studying abroad.

Have questions for Rita? Contact Rita.

Abby Gyger

ALIS Appled Languages and Intercultural Studies | Certificate in Social and Personality Psychology | Concentration in French | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Nothin' But Treble all-female acapella group, Campus Outreach, and the Modern Languages Student Advisory Committee.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
After completing my first year at Georgia Tech, I went abroad with the French LBAT to Paris and Nice for 10 weeks. I have also competed in the International Competition for Collegiate Acapella, helped raise money for the Children's Miracle Network at Dance Marathon, and made international friendships through the Language Partners program.

What do you like best about your major?
The best part about studying ALIS is becoming more aware of what it means to be an active global citizen. Through the courses we take, in-class discussions on anything from global development to cross-cultural translation, and inviting environment of the School of Modern Languaes, ALIS provides the perfect framework for students to advocate for diversity and intercultural cooperation through languages.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal Arts at Tech is goal-oriented. Each student in Ivan Allen is full of passion for how they want to use their skills to positively impact the world, and Georgia Tech is the perfect place for providing students with the opportunities they need to make tangible impacts.

Have questions for Abby? Contact Abby.

ECON

ECONOMICS

This program is the science of decision making and provides the ability to analyze complex economic problems and to understand societal problems.

Katie Garner

ECON Economics | Minor in Law, Science, and Technology | 2nd Year | South Effingham High School

In what activities are you involved?
Team Leader for GT1000, Peer Tutor for Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
Team Leader for GT1000, Peer Tutor for Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

What do you like best about your major?
I love the unique opportunity to receive a background in economic analysis with a focus on the intersection of technology and economic policy.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the strong community of liberal arts students at Georgia Tech and the passionate group of professors and advisors that populate the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Have questions for Katie? Contact Katie.

GEML

GLOBAL ECONOMICS AND MODERN LANGUAGES

This program equips students for the global workplace by developing strong skills in economic analysis and decision making, foreign languages, and a multi-dimensional global perspective.

Celine Apollon

IAML GEML Global Economics and Modern Languages | Minor in Sustainable Cities | Concentration: International Economics | 2nd Year | North Gwinnett High School

In what activities are you involved?
Next semester I will be conducting research in economic development with refugees in Clarkston, Georgia. I am also planning on interning in the summer at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
So far in college I have interned at O'Kelley and Sorohan Attorneys at Law, the Georgia Tech Communications Department, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

What do you like best about your major?
I love how being a GEML student truly gives me the opportunity to study economics, particularly in a language that I am passionate about and to analyze international markets.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how the Ivan Allen College is such a close-knit group of students. The community is amazing, and everyone has their own secret talents and gifts that continue to make the college flourish.

Have questions for Taylor? Contact Celine.

INTA

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

This program allows you to focus your degree on forces that are shaping our world during a time of dramatic political, economic, and social change.

Abigail Burke

INTA International Affairs| Minor in Mandarin and Economics | 1st Year | McIntosh High School

In what activities are you involved?
Oxford Study Abroad Program, Freshman Council, Zeta Tau Alpha, Student Government Association (Freshman rep and Joint Financial Committee)

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
Volunteered with Mary Norwood's Campaign for Mayor of Atlanta and the Fayette County Solicitor General's Office

What do you like best about your major?
I love the problem-solving aspect of public policy. It's a very multi-disciplinary major that I can apply to the many different careers I am considering.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal arts at Georgia Tech has the unique advantage of incorporating technology into almost every classroom setting, making a liberal arts degree here very modern and relevant to today's world.

Have questions for Abigail? Contact Abigail.

Aradhana Chandra

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Computer Science | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
Music has always been a huge part of my life, so I am involved in GT Chamber Choir, which is an incredible experience. I also participate in Epic Intentions, which is an organization that focuses on pairing college students who have business and marketing backgrounds and strategies to help non-profit organizations based in Atlanta. Additionally, I am conducting research on counterterrorism under Dr. Alasdair Young, the Co-Director of Transatlantic Studies.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
Although I'm only a sophomore, Georgia Tech has offered up some great opportunities for me already. I studied abroad this past summer in Tech's EU Brussels Program, which is a 10 week intensive International Affairs program focusing on European Union, NATO, and Transatlantic Relations. 

What do you like best about your major?
I love INTA because it satiates my love for all things international policy. International Affairs as a major, interests me because of its unique combination of philosophy, theory, and real world problems around the world. The content that I learn every day in my classes is directly applicable to situations that are occuring all around us, and I love being able to actually apply what I learn in the classroom to situations outside of it.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal arts at Tech provides an incredibly valuable and unique experience of combining science and technology with a traditional liberal arts education. In the ever-changing world that we are a part of today, driven by technological advancements and other significant changes, I truly feel that it is essential to have a combination of both a liberal arts and a STEM education. As an INTA major minoring in Computer Science, I love that I can still have a technological background while having a small liberal arts college feel, and that's exactly what I feel the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech provides.

Have questions for Aradhana? Contact Aradhana.

Caitlin Hubbard

INTA International Affairs| Minor in French | 2nd Year | Marist High School

In what activities are you involved?
Phi Mu, Tour Guides

What activities are you participating in or have participated in past?
French LBAT, On-campus job at Office of International Education

What do you like best about your major?
I love the possibilities that come with International Affairs. I'm able to take classes on a variety of things like human rights, ethics, economics, how science and technology influence international relations, and so many more. These build a solid foundation that give me the opportunity to pursue a plethora of careers after college.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the connections I can make in Ivan Allen. It's fun to collaborate with like-minded students and work with professors that really care about what they're teaching and how their students are doing.

Have questions for Caitlin? Contact Caitlin.

Grace Huber

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Biology | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I have served as a FASET Orientation Leader for Georgia Tech to welcome incoming first-years and transfers. I also work at the Campus Recreation Center on campus, I am a GT-1000 Team Leader, and an officer in my Greek organization. Off campus, I volunteer for a Refugee Ministry in Clarkson and local  shelter for homeless and low-income families.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

I've had so many incredible opportunities in just two years at Tech! I've interned at a nonprofit called Points of Light and I have served as a Senate Aide through the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. Last summer, spend six weeks studying abroad in China and researching with the United Nations.

What do you like best about your major?
I love the emphasis that is placed on research in International Affairs. Lots of my major-specific classes have integrated research into the course work, so I've been able to delve into topics that matter to me personally. For example, last semester, I got to study the conditions that affect mental health of refugee populations. Georgia Tech places a huge emphasis on research, and I love that in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, we stay true to the roots of Tech.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Going to Georgia Tech means that you are surrounded by driven, ambitious people. As liberal arts students, we are surrounded by students with ideas for building new technologies or solving complicated problems, and we are no different. We use different skills and different approaches, but we work with others around campus to think of new ways to solve problems. We are encouraged to research and innovate because we are go to a school where that is the norm. I chose Georgia Tech because I knew that I would be pushed by other students to make the most of my time here, and I love Ivan Allen because I’m pushed even further to be passionate about my education and future career.

Have questions for Grace? Contact Grace.

Harper Melnick

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Public Policy | 1st Year | Walton High School

In what activities are you involved?
Sorority (Zeta Tau Alpha), For the Kids, Freshman Service Leadership Organization, Relay for Life. Will study abroad summer 2018.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
N/A

What do you like best about your major?
I love all of the unique opportunities being an International Affairs presents, how actively engaged and caring my professors are, and how motivated and motivating the other students in my major are.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
It's a small liberal arts college feeling, in a much larger public school! All of my classes are smaller, and everyone is engaged and participating. At the same time, I get all of the perks of going to a large public school, from huge, fun sporting events, to endless academic opportunities and activities.

Have questions for Harper? Contact Harper.

Elizabeth Osman

INTA International Affairs | Certificate in European Affairs and Accounting | Concentration in German | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I am on the Executive Committee of Phi Mu Fraternity as Panhellenic Delegate. I am also the Vice-President of External Affairs for Epic Intentions, which is a consulting club on campus. 

 

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

have been involved in the GT1000 program by being a Team Leader for two semesters and being a GT1000 Ambassador. I have interned in the Ivan Allen College Dean's Office as the Event Coordinator Intern, which allowed me to help plan Shadow Day. I also studied abroad this past summer in Germany. 

What do you like best about your major?

I love my major, because it truly never gets boring being taught by amazing professors who are passionate about what they are doing. I also enjoy the community we have made by being so small, the Sam Nunn mentor program, our GT1000 class, and events put on by the International Affairs Student Organization. 

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I find it valuable that I am not getting the traditional humanities degree. Everyone at Georgia Tech graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree, which means a couple of things. Sure, you have to take STEM classes, which can be more difficult for someone with the mind of liberal arts student, but you are getting a more comprehensive education. While taking classes for my STEM requirements, I have had epiphanies about the content in my liberal arts classes, because it gives you a different perspective. Also, you are being educated in a STEM-oriented environment. I would never have applied to be on a team that creates databases if I was at another school, meaning I would never have challenged myself or my teammates to learn new skills and view problems differently. You truly get more opportunities here that you wouldn't get at other universities.

Have questions for Elizabeth? Contact Elizabeth.

LMC

LITERATURE, MEDIA, AND COMMUNICATION

This program provides the analytical and technical skills needed for a career in humanistic fields such as media, public relations, and literature.

Emily Bunker

LMC Literature, Media & Communication | Concentration in Media and Communication | Certificate in Marketing | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
Within my first few weeks at Georgia Tech, I quickly realized that the problem is not finding things to get involved in, but figuring out exactly how to juggle so many different organizations. This year I joined a social sorority, College Democrats, FreShGA, and FASET.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I plan to study abroad in the Spring in Madrid. I was a FASET leader last summer and worked in the Ivan Allen Dean's Office my freshman year/summer as a Marketing and Events Intern and a Student Assistant. 

What do you like best about your major?
I love that LMC combines so many of my current passions, but still remains broad enough to continue discovering new passions. The thread system of LMC, where you pick two threads out of Literature, Media, Communication, Interaction Design, Social Justice, and “STAC” Science, Technology, and Culture, allows students to really streamline the major into what they want. For example, I know I want to work with people and I know that I want to be in a creative environment. Focusing on Media and Communication and getting a certificate in Marketing gives me opportunities in careers from advertising/marketing to radio journalism to branding.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the community within the Ivan Allen College. There's always a special connection when you find out that one of your friends (or even a complete stranger) is in Ivan Allen.

Have questions for Emily? Contact Emily.

Delaney Murphy

LMC Literature, Media & Communication | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
Freshman Council, Wish Makers on Campus, Library Advisory Board, Ramblin' Reck Club

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have joined a plethora of interesting organizations, made new friends, and have been motivated each and every day to be the best I can be.

What do you like best about your major?
I like that it let's me do what makes me utterly and undeniably happy and fulfilled!

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Ivan Allen is a hidden gem where you get an intimate experience that allows for as much personal attention and one on one relationships as wanted or needed.

Have questions for Delaney? Contact Delaney.

Lexie Scott

LMC Literature, Media & Communication | Concentration in Media and Communications | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I am the Student Body Secretary and the LMC Representative in the SGA Undergraduate House of Representatives. I am the President of the Georgia Tech Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement. I am a Kelloggs Brand Ambassador and I am an active member of Dramatech.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

Originally I worked as the Undergraduate Social Media Intern for the Ivan Allen Dean's Office and was later hired for that position. I am also currently a Research Assistant working with the Georgia Tech REUL Lab.

What do you like best about your major?
I love how diverse all the LMC classes are. I can study Shakespeare or Video Production or Social Media. It allows me lots of creative avenues and diverse career options.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how interwoven it is with the STEM fields. I get to work with engineers to solve humanities problems and this provides lots of diverse insights and innovative solutions.

Have questions for Lexie? Contact Lexie.

CM

COMPUTATIONAL MEDIA

This program combines computer science with digital media design, helping students to understand and manipulate both technology and media.

McKennley Wilson

CM Computational Media | Minor in Chemistry | 1st Year | Ridgeland High School

In what activities are you involved?
Machine Learning Club, Let's Try This Improv Troupe, Computational Media Ambassadors, GT Film Club.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
None yet, but I'm currently interviewing for a summer internship.

What do you like best about your major?
Interacting with the faculty in both colleges.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
The passion that all of the teachers and students have for their projects and major.

Have questions for McKennley ? Contact McKennley .

EIA

ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

This program focuses on the most pressing issues facing our global, interdependent, and multicultural environment.

Aarij Abbas

EIA Economics and International Affairs | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

On campus I am a Georgia Tech Student Ambassador with the Alumni Association. I have interned for the International Rescue Committee to help resettle refugees and have also worked at the State Capitol as a legislative intern. I participated in the EU Study Abroad program in 2015 and have done research for multiple professors at the Sam Nunn School.  I am also a member of Theta Chi Fraternity where I have held multiple leadership positions. 

What do you like best about your major?
I love the insight my major gives me on the workings of the world. I love being able to break down international situations politically and economically and I know that the classes I am taking will give me the tools necessary to pursue a career that I enjoy. The diversity of topics that I study keeps me on my toes and ensures that I never lose interest in my major.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Georgia Tech is a great place to study liberal arts because it encompasses different aspects of the real world into a very thorough program focused on helping you succeed. The professors are all very helpful and always willing to talk with the students about school, work opportunities or their own work. The classes are very interesting and professors are making a genuine effort to keep changing the way they conduct their classrooms in order to keep things interesting. This school makes liberal arts an experience unlike any other and ensures our success while doing so.

Have questions for Aarij? Contact Aarij.

Haigh Angell

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Certificate in Excel and Finance | Concentration in Industrial Economics | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I am serving currently in the Student Government Association as the chair of Alumni Relations Committee and in the Undergraduate House of Representatives as the representative for the School of Economics. I am also an analyst in the Georgia Tech Student Foundation’s Investment Committee.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have had the opportunity to work on different initiatives within SGA to help students within our community. Recently we appropriated over half a million dollars to a special joint allocations committee to aid mental health initiatives and institutions within Georgia Tech over the next two years. I have also interned under Dr. Besedes, the Director of Graduate Programs for Economics, studying international environmental agreements and their implications abroad. Currently I am working on a variety of projects

What do you like best about your major?

I am fascinated with the blend of analytics, economics, and history that have given me insightful tools to learn about the world and how it works. This program not only provides me with a unique exposure to different majors, but gives me all the resources I could ever need to find a career I love.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the atmosphere, students, professors, and opportunities presented that I would have never dreamed of before coming to Georgia Tech. The STEM environment here provides us with a truly unique experience to see the world through different perspectives that broaden our understanding of the world. The liberal arts college has the small college feel, with the resources of a large research institution within an even larger, growing city. At Georgia Tech we create problem solvers and critical thinkers, something the world needs more than ever right now.

Have questions for Haigh? Contact Haigh.

Janel Gale

EIA Economics & International Affairs | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I am International Ambassador, a member of the Honors Program, and also part of the International Plan. 

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

While at Tech, I have done several internships, studied and interned abroad, and worked on campus. I interned with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Internationally, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for a semester, and interned abroad with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman. I also previously worked on campus for the Office of International Education, as a Programming and Engagement Student Assistant for their programs for international students.   

What do you like best about your major?
I love my major because I’m able to seamlessly weave together two interests of mine into one degree. Economics is so important in every aspect of international affairs, so it makes perfect sense to combine the two fields that are usually taught separately. I get to apply what I’m learning in my economics courses in my international affairs classes and vice-versa. The major is also designed so that I can customize a schedule that fits my unique interests and career goals, so I can take my major in the direction I choose.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
The Ivan Allen College provides all the benefits of a large, research university, but also the community feel of a small college. The college carries the name and reputation of Georgia Tech, but since it is relatively small, I can form meaningful connections with other students and professors. Also, I get to learn to communicate with people who are really different from me and have different areas of expertise, which is incredibly important in every job and in life in general.

Have questions for Janel? Contact Janel.

Katie Garner

ECON Economics | Minor in Law, Science, and Technology | 2nd Year | South Effingham High School

In what activities are you involved?
Team Leader for GT1000, Peer Tutor for Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
Team Leader for GT1000, Peer Tutor for Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

What do you like best about your major?
I love the unique opportunity to receive a background in economic analysis with a focus on the intersection of technology and economic policy.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the strong community of liberal arts students at Georgia Tech and the passionate group of professors and advisors that populate the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Have questions for Katie? Contact Katie.

Apollo Liu

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Minor in Law, Science, & Technology | Certificate in European Affairs | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am currently involved in the Georgia Tech Barbell Club, am a part of Greek Life, a Fitness Attendant at the CRC, and a member of the Student Government Association.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have been on the Board of GT Model United Nations, a member of the Undergraduate House of Representatives for 2 years, and been on Exec. for the International Affairs Student Organization.

What do you like best about your major?
I enjoy the healthy blend of statistical analysis and real world problems. It challenges me to think critically while also allowing me to get creative with solutions.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the people I am surrounded with. Everyone in the college has something great to offer and they continuously inspire me. I also like how the college focuses on real world issues and its creative way of blending technology into a liberal arts education.

Have questions for Apollo? Contact Apollo.

Shivali Pandya

EIA Economics & International Affairs | Minor in Computer Science | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
This year in addition to being an Ivan Allen Ambassador I am on the Student Advisory Board for the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. I am also in a member of Student Government Association, Model United Nations, and Student Alumni Association.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I am a part of the Government Relations committee and FreShGA, a freshmen leadership organization and executive committee, in Georgia Tech's Student Government Association. I have had the opportunity to plan campus wide events and meet students of all majors and cultural backgrounds.

What do you like best about your major?
EIA represents the best of both worlds. I learn how to create statistical models and place them in the broader context of international relations and analyze global trends in anything from international trade to global health. Studying economics and international affairs together gives me an understanding of how to create policies that address real world problems based on data and sound evidence.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal arts at Georgia Tech does not just mean taking history classes, political science classes, or economics classes. It is an innovative program that integrates science and technology into the curriculum. In addition, liberal arts classes are usually smaller than other classes at Georgia Tech which allows me to better connect with my professors.

Have questions for Shivali? Contact Shivali.

Will Thomas

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Minor in German | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

The Progressive Student Alliance, The Ivan Allen College Student Advisory Board, community events with the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, and local Atlanta and Georgia politics.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

I feel like a better question is what haven't I done... I've grown in ways I couldn't even imagine when I began at Tech, made lasting connections and genuine friendships with staff, faculty, and students at Tech, become a contributing member of the Atlanta community, developed skills I never thought I'd use, and become an adult.

What do you like best about your major?

What I like best about my major is how it opens up the world. I can communicate with different people and cultures, understand their world view, and help improve the world through that understanding. I'm able to see the strings that move across the global stage, and I'm learning how to pull those string myself.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

In my time at Tech, the Ivan Allen College has become family to me. It's where people understand me, where I can nerd out over the humanities with like-minded people, where I can attend unique events and meet amazing people, and so much more.

Have questions for Will? Contact Will.

HTS

HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY

This program combines history and sociology and equips students to analyze societies, pursue social change, and succeed in a variety of careers.

Hannah Corpe

History, Technology and Society Major| Certificate in Information Technology Management | 3rd year

In what activities are you involved?

I am the President of the History and Sociology Club, the Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta (the national history honor society), and a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band. 

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

While at Georgia Tech, I have affiliated with Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity, where I’m also a member of the service committee. I’m also in my thesis semester of undergraduate research. I’m examining the social and political impacts of the sweating sickness on 15-16th century England. I also work in the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs, with Elizabeth Miller and Robert Hampson. 

What do you like best about your major?

I really love that my major has so many free electives, making it really easy to work on a certificate as well as to pursue other interests, like all my music classes. All of the faculty members – especially my academic advisor Dr. D’Unger and my research advisor Dr. Tone – are very helpful and love seeing students succeed!

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love that liberal arts at Tech is such a welcoming environment. Whenever I’m in a liberal arts class, I always know someone, and our professors are consistently rated the best at Tech. The awesome people I work with at the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs are so invested in making sure that each liberal arts student gets what they specifically need out of the college and that’s a wonderful thing to be a part of. 

Have questions for Hannah? Contact Hannah.

Kayleigh Haskin

HTS History, Technology, and Society and a double major in INTA International Affairs | Minor in French | Certificate in European Affairs | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?

I am President of the History honor society Phi Alpha Theta, the HTS Representative in the SGA Undergraduate House of Representatives, and Secretary of the History and Sociology Club. I’m also involved in an undergraduate research project and work on-campus as an assistant.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

I planned a movie night commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution, worked as a research assistant in the School of International Affairs, and presented my own research at a regional history conference. I have also volunteered with Team Buzz, Tech Beautification Day, and GT 1000. Last summer, I had the opportunity to study abroad in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany on the EU program.

What do you like best about your major?
I love the flexibility that the HTS and INTA majors offer. In HTS we have the opportunity to pursue a ton of different historical and sociological topics of interest, rather than just a specific set of classes needed to graduate. You'll find that no two HTS or INTA majors are the same because of that. I've met other people in my majors that have interests completely different from mine, and it's always exciting to hear how they're following their passions in their own way through the same programs that I am.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
The whole atmosphere of the Ivan Allen College is wonderful, and a Bachelor of Science in a liberal arts field really is the best of both worlds. Not only do we get a STEM background through our core courses, but we have classes like 'History of Rocketry' that then integrate those concepts into the liberal arts curriculum. The small class sizes, helpful and friendly professors, abundance of interesting guest speakers, and the connections I’ve built with other students are all things that I don't think you'd be able to find anywhere besides Georgia Tech.

Have questions for Kayleigh? Contact Kayleigh.

Kayla McManus-Viana

HSOC History and Sociology | Minor in International Affairs and potentially Russian | Concentration: Global Studies | 2nd Year | Highland School of Technology (Gastonia, NC)

In what activities are you involved?
IAC Ambassadors, HSOC Club, HSOC Undergraduate Committee

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
N/A

What do you like best about your major?
I love how seamlessly technology is integrated into all of our courses.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I really love the community. I have met some amazing people through the Ivan Allen college, who are always willing to help me should I need it. Not only that, but the professors get to know you by name and really want to see you succeed.

Have questions for Kayla? Contact Kayla.

IAML

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND MODERN LANGUAGES

This program prepares you for employment in international firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Taylor Eling

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Minor in French | Concentration: German | 3rd Year | St Andrew's High School

In what activities are you involved?
I am a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and I work at the CommLab as a peer tutor. I am on the Dressage Team with the GT Equestrian Club and I'm a part of the German Club as well.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
I work at the CommLab (CULC 447) as a peer tutor, and have done so since January of 2017. In terms of studying abroad, I completed the French LBAT in Paris and Nice during the summer of 2016, and I participated in the German LBAT in Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Weimar, and Berlin in the summer of 2017. From the fall of 2015 to the winter of 2016 I was a member of the GT Rowing Club.

What do you like best about your major?
I love that I'm able to pursue both of my main interests without sacrificing either one. International Affairs at Georgia Tech is such a diverse, fascinating program with an unimaginable variety of classes, which prepares you very well for a career in such a multifaceted, widely-varied field. German has always been my favorite language, and IAML allows me to take many more classes than I would completing a minor, so that I can continue to learn about the culture and history, as well as integrate the other aspect of my major and examine Germany's role on the global playing field and prepare myself to be able to work in the country.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love that the college is a collection of such unique programs, and by extension, individuals, and there's so much you can do with a degree in any one of the programs. There are also countless opportunities to study abroad, for any discipline, which I think is an indispensable experience for today's global society. I think the liberal arts at Georgia Tech are also unique in part because we are studying typically non-STEM subjects at a STEM-oriented school, which means we get that essential exposure to technological classes and concepts that students at other liberal arts institutions may not get. We graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, rather than a Bachelor of Arts, because of this experience with science and technology.

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Emily Finger

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Concentration in French | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am a Sophomore Advisor for FAB and a member of the Sam Nunn Advisory Board. I am also a part of Tech the Halls, Alpha Delta Pi, and Student Alumni Association (SAA).

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
As a first year, I haven't gotten to do that much yet, but I have helped plan several events across campus for more than 200 students, served as transportation chair for my sorority, and I hope to attend the EU study abroad program in the summer of 2017.

What do you like best about your major?
I love that I get to combine two of my biggest interests in International Affairs and Modern Languages. I'm able to take a multitude of French classes while also taking courses in International Affairs. I also really like the small, discussion-based class setting with professors who have a real passion for what they are teaching.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how unique the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is! I still get a strong background in science and technology while still taking liberal arts courses. With Liberal Arts at Tech, I'm presented with so many opportunities in internships, study abroad programs, and research projects also.

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Nicolette Mehran

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Certificate in Pre-Law | Concentration in Spanish | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am on the Social Committee for my sorority and an FTKaptain for For the Kids at Georgia Tech, which is an organization that fundraises and recruits volunteers for Children's Miracle Network and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have been the Circle of Sisterhood delegate for my sorority, which is an organization that promotes awareness and fundraises for the education of women in underdeveloped countries, a Team Leader for GT1000, and the Event Coordinator and Marketing Intern for the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts during the summer of 2016.

What do you like best about your major?
There any number of reasons why I absolutely love my major. First of all, it is the only major of its kind. Because it combines two majors into one, while still allowing me to achieve a Bachelor of Science, instead of a Bachelor of Arts, I get a different perspective on global issues and discussions than what other students studying a major similar to mine would gain. This uniqueness sets me apart when I graduate and am heading into the career field or to pursue a higher degree. Also, I love the diversity that exists within the classes and professors. There are classes about subjects ranging from soccer to human rights and terrorism; INTA encompasses any and all interests because almost anything can be applied internationally, and Spanish is my favorite language, with such a rich culture and people who have such a huge passion and energy towards life in general.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
The Ivan Allen College has some of the chillest, most open-minded, culturally-educated students and faculty members I have ever encountered in my life. It is so easy to strike up a stimulating conversation with students within my same or similar major because of mutual interests and beliefs, and the professors and administrators are approachable and open to differences of opinions, so much so that they encourage it in their classes and offices. And, since the number of students pursuing liberal arts degrees at Tech is small, it is easy to become friends with everyone within the Ivan Allen College as well. Our community is tiny, but mighty!

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Taylor Poole

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Minor in Public Policy | Concentration: Russian | 2nd Year | Woodstock High School

In what activities are you involved?
Delta internship, Non-PURA Independent Research, PURA Independent Research, Modern Languages Student Advisory Committee, GT1000 Team Leader

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
21st Century Security Challenges VIP Team, Russian Spring Track Study Abroad

What do you like best about your major?
What I love most about my major is the unique classroom dynamics it offers. One aspect of this dynamic is that most of my classes are small, enabling me to build lasting relationships with my professors and peers and dive deep into class topics via an open-ended, Socratic discussion with my peers. Another unique aspect is that I have the opportunity to build technical skills in the context of international affairs. Whether I am using software to model balance of power theories or statistically examining the relationship between technological innovation and international gender equality, I am not just sitting in a lecture hall listening to a professor talk about theories. When I graduate, I will be able to use these technical analysis skills to tangibly impact policy surrounding global development, intercultural communications, and security issues in the field of international affairs.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
There is no other school that weaves such technical, hands-on knowledge into a liberal arts program. At Tech, the STEM fields and liberal arts are not separate, competing disciplines, but a bridge that students use in all aspects of their academic and professional development. I attend a small classes where I learn how to use software and qualitative research methods to discuss relevant social issues and trends. Oftentimes, I leave these classes with not only a technical skillset but also the feeling that I have a family in the Ivan Allen College because of the relationships I have with my peers and professors.

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Emma Stutts

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Minor in Global Development, East Asian Studies | Concentration: Chinese | 2nd Year | Baylor High School

In what activities are you involved?
Phi Mu Sorority, Assistant Social Chair for Phi Mu, Student Alumni Association, China LBAT Summer 2018

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
Oxford Program Summer 2017

What do you like best about your major?
I love how Georgia Tech has this unique major of International Affairs and Modern Languages because it allows me to combine my two greatest passions without having to double major. I also love the passion that all of my professors have for their own areas of study, which is always so interesting to learn about. It also really shows when they are teaching how much they genuinely care about the subject and about your understanding of it.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the way that liberal arts at Tech is unlike anywhere else because we are able to utilize the Georgia Tech background of science and technology to look at liberal arts topics through a new lens, therefore setting us up to have unique takes on our specific subjects both in college and in our future professions.

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Vy Tran

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | 1st Year | Sandy Creek High School

In what activities are you involved?
European Study Abroad (Summer 2018)

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
N/A

What do you like best about your major?
The versatility and ability to fully immerse in a language and culture.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
How attentive all of the faculty and staff are and how they genuinely want you to succeed.

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Angelica Wagner

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Minor in Computer Science and People | Concentration: Mandarin | 1st Year | Brookwood High School

In what activities are you involved?
This Spring I am planning on participating in Model United Nations. I am going on an Alternative Service Breaks, which is a volunteer trip to help an organization during Spring Break. As well as, playing for the Wreck Ultimate Frisbee team.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
I currently an intern with a small marketing firm called Acorn+Arrow. This Summer I will be going on the European Union Study Abroad Program.

What do you like best about your major?
I love how interactive International Affairs is and how it is constantly changing and evolving. I love how language is integrated into the core requirements so I will be able to become fluent in Mandarin in just 4 years. I can also customize my schedule to focus on the parts of International Affairs that I am the most passionate about.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
At most other liberal arts schools, I would be receiving a Bachelor of Arts, but since technology and science are weaved into the curriculum, I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science. It is so interesting to be able to apply to technological view to global issues, and I have discovered my hidden love for computer science which I never would have been exposed to in a different liberal arts school.

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PUBP

PUBLIC POLICY

This program combines political, social, economic, and ethical approaches with practical problem solving in a technology-infused way.

Mary Elizabeth Burke

PUBP Public Policy | Concentration: Politics & Policy and Philosophy | 3rd Year | Wesleyan School and Marist School

In what activities are you involved?
"Women's Recruitment Team- Vice President of New Membership; Alpha Chi Omega- Assistant Vice President of Recruitment; Mixers Chair; Domestic Violence Awareness Committee; Risk Management Committee Georgia Tech Men's Lacrosse Manager".

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
The Linley Jones Firm, P.C.; Hoffspiegel Law; Landis+Gyr

What do you like best about your major?
Georgia Tech_Ñés Public Policy program stresses the critical analysis of issues and the evaluation of alternatives and externalities as the keys to efficiently solving problems and bettering our community. My course work so far is shaping me into a leader focused on multi-aspect issues affecting the world around me, and I appreciate the challenge to look at problems from different points of view before immediately jumping in to solve them.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal arts at Georgia Tech has helped me to find meaningful friendships with individuals whom push me to grow daily as well as relationships with faculty members invested in my future. My class work is preparing me for the real world, and in my internships, I have seen how the work I am doing here will serve me well in life. I wasn't the greatest at STEM subjects, but I can see the value behind understanding data and statistics. Pursuing liberal arts at Georgia Tech has allowed me to interact with engineers/STEM oriented minds, and this experience has been extremely relevant when working with cross-functional teams in professional settings.

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Shekinah Hall

PUBP Public Policy | Concentration in Politics & Policy | Certificate in Pre-Law | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am a member of the Mock Trial Team, an Assistant Copy Editor for The Technique, the school newspaper, and a RA on campus. In my spare time, I love to read, cook, and hang out with my family and friends.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have made wonderful friends, had excellent professors, and learned so much during my time at Georgia Tech. I have enjoyed exploring Atlanta and giving back to my city and campus community through service. I am currently working on a research project in education through Grand Challenges, which deals with the academic performances of urban middle school students from low-income families. I did an internship this past summer at the courthouse in Troup County, which is a part of the Coweta Judicial Circuit. I am looking forward to more opportunities for internships and study abroad programs.            

What do you like best about your major?
I love that the students in Public Policy make up a close-knit family. The class size is small so I get to build real relationships with my classmates and professors; I am not simply a number. My favorite thing about being a Public Policy major is that it is intellectually stimulating. I have the opportunity to pursue my interests and have fun in the process.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love liberal arts at Georgia Tech because the program integrates theories and concepts from multiple disciplines. We are taught to view global issues from various perspectives which develops skills we will use to solve those issues one day. My time at Georgia Tech has made me a better leader, student, and person. I would not want to be anywhere else.

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Ahiliya Nat

PUBP Public Policy and double major in Business Administration | Concentration in Finance | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am involved in the Ivan Allen Ambassador Program, am on the new membership chair for Women's Recruitment Team, am a Dean's Research Intern for the Ivan Allen College, I am a freshman officer for College Democrats Georgia Tech, am part of India Club, and am part of Student Alumni Association (Mentor Jackets.). I’m also in the Finance Chair for a state-wide organization called United Indian Student Alliance (UISA) that raises money throughout the year for a charity of choice. I was also a freshmen officer for SGA.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
So far at Georgia Tech I have worked with the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at the Ivan Allen College to do research on applicant and admissions data. I have also done recruitment with the ambassador program and Women's Recruitment Team. I also think I've found a good balance between my social life, my academic life, and my extracurriculars.

What do you like best about your major?
I like that my major is relatively small compared to some of the STEM majors. This allows for individualized focus from professors and advisors, long-lasting connections with my peers and professors, and the ability to creating close relationships with my small group of peers.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love liberal arts at Georgia Tech because we are a smaller school so everyone in it belongs to a "little" family. We have the same classes with people every semester, so we all become close friends. It's comforting that we are all going through the same thing at the same time and can support and motivate one another.

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Janelle Owusu

PUBP Public Policy | Certificate in Pre-Law | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am currently involved in the African American Student Union, Fearless, Young, and Excellent, and First Gen. 

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have successfully made it through my first semester here at Georgia Tech, while making new friends and finding my place here in Atlanta. I have gotten many opportunities to get involved with my community through volunteer service.

What do you like best about your major?
I like the smaller size of my major at Georgia Tech, because it gives me a better chance at actually getting to know my professors and my peers with the same major. The School of Public Policy is small and personal, and I enjoy walking into the D.M. Smith building and being able to recognize at least 10 people in the building at any given time. I also enjoy the fact that Public Policy is interdisciplinary and I get a chance to learn about how technologies need certain policies to be implemented.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the liberal arts program at Georgia Tech because it prepares students for a multitude of careers in the long run. The program is interdisciplinary and utilizes the great resources available at this world renowned university in relation to science and technology, but it does so while focusing on Liberal Arts. The program is also smaller in size in comparison to most of the other programs at Georgia Tech so it allows us to get a genuine interest from our professors and a chance to bond with the people in our classes.

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Darryl Terry, II

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in Law, Science and Technology | Concentration: Politics & Philosophy | 3rd Year | Frederick Douglass High School

In what activities are you involved?
Student Government Association, African American Student Union, National Society of Black Engineers, College Democrats of Georgia Tech, The Collegiate 100 of Atlanta

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in past?
DeKalb County Board of Commissioners; Georgia Democratic House Delegation Intern; Assistant Campaign Manager- Representative Thomas; Atlanta City Council Intern: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michael Julian Bond; Morris, Manning, Martin, LLP Intern

What do you like best about your major?
The welcoming students and the community are the best part about Public Policy.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how interactive Dean Royster is with Liberal Arts students.

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Chris Walton

Economics | Minor in History | Concentration in Energy/Environment & Urban Policy | 2nd year

In what activities are you involved?
Campus Outreach, Kappa Alpha Order.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

This summer, I interned with the Peter Aman Campaign for Atlanta mayor while still living on campus. I’m also doing research this semester with HTS professor Kristie Macrakis on a German spy in America during World War I.

What do you like best about your major? 

I love the amount of free electives in my major which allow me to take a variety of classes as well as the opportunity to intern one semester and still graduate on time.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the professors and small class sizes. We have all of the resources and reputation of a big school while being able to have great relationships with our professors and advisors.

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