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.

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.

Ender Hidalgo

ALIS Applied Languages & Intercultural Studies | Concentration in French | Minor in International Affairs | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
As well as being an Ivan Allen College Ambassador, I'm also a member of the French Club and Management Information Systems Club.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have studied abroad at Georgia Tech Lorraine, and I will be studying abroad in Valencia/Lisbon Summer Program, which is part of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

What do you like best about your major?
I like the variation in courses. There are some many types of classes in a wide range of topics to choose from for French. I'm currently taking a French Drama Workshop, which allows me to practice and improve my French in a fun, relaxed setting.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love that it is liberal arts at Georgia Tech. When you first think about liberal arts, people do not consider GA Tech often; however, it is that fact which makes it unique. Liberal arts at GA Tech provides you all the benefits of any traditional school, as well as extensive knowledge in math and science. This not only makes you a more desirable prospects for employers, but it also provides you the skills to translate what an engineer has to say to someone who may not understand.

Have questions for Ender? Contact Ender.

Rita Berglund

ALIS Appled Languages and Intercultural Studies | Concentration in Japanese | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am involved in the Japanese Student Association, Our Stars (an organization that works with the special needs community in Atlanta), and Seoulstice. I am also currently an intern in the Ivan Allen Dean's Internship Program.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
While at Tech, I have had many opportunities to help out at cultural events through the Japanese Student Association, which is amazing because I love spreading knowledge of Japanese culture around campus.

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.

ECON

ECONOMICS

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

Ilinca Sipos

ECON Economics | Certificate in Entrepreneurship | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
Alpha Delta Pi, working at OIE

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
Freshman Leadership Initiative/GTSF, SAA, Study Abroad, Leading Edge, GT1000 Team Leader

What do you like best about your major?
The professors are very passionate about their field! I love that I can take what I learn and apply it to nearly anything from a small business to a major corporation to the government.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Everyone in Ivan Allen wants you to succeed. Success is different for everyone, and the advisors, professors, and students will help you find the program that best aligns with your goals. The classes transform you into an educated, worldly, and well-rounded person.

Have questions for Ilinca? Contact Ilinca.

Jenny Guzdial

ECON Economics | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
I'm a member of the Honors Program and the Georgia Tech Women's Rugby Team.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I've had fun going to school sponsored events, getting lots of free food and tshirts, worked towards my International Plan and minor in Psychology, and knocked girls over at off campus rugby games. I've had the privilege to attend inspirational lectures and watch student films at a Campus Movie Fest.

What do you like best about your major?
I love that Economics is so versatile. It takes skills in math, science, and psychology. It is so applicable to many different fields and I feel that the opportunities it offers career-wise are endless.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I like seeing how I can integrate knowledge gained from my liberal arts classes into STEM classes. I feel like I am apart of an important interdisciplinary aspect of Tech. I know that when I go on to find a job, my background in computer science and engineering will be an advantage.

Have questions for Jenny? Contact Jenny.

Sana Surani

PUBP Public Policy | Double major in ECON Economics | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
Currently, I am the program manager for Ivan Allen College Social Media Outreach. I am also the outreach director for College Democrats of Georgia Tech. I am also the co-founder and president of Georgia Tech's Resource and Insurance Navigators Group (RING). I have also served as a committee member (campus and community outreach) for Georgia Tech For the Kids, an organization that raises funds for Children's Miracle Network. I have also served as a team leader for GT 1000 and am vice-president of Tech's pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. 

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I worked on Michelle Nunn's senate campaign in Georgia as a field intern for about a year. I recently held a research internship at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and am currently an undergraduate research assistant in the School of Public Policy focusing on stem cell policy. I have also worked with Partnerships in Action, an initiative to end global poverty.

What do you like best about your major?
As a Public Policy major, my classes focus on creating policy options to solve present day problems. A lot of the classes focus on the crossroad between science and technology, which is what makes Georgia Tech liberal arts so unique.  

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
The education at Ivan Allen is so unique. By fusing liberal arts and technology, students get well rounded base of knowledge found nowhere else in world, The great evaluation in the Ivan Allen College is highly attributed to the dedicated professors who inspire and motivate students to step out of their comfort zone. Thanks to the faculty and staff at the Ivan Allen College, there are endless opportunities to pursue work experience, travel experience, and real life skills that will help shape every student's career in the future.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Osman

INTA International Affairs | Certificate in European Affairs and Accounting | Concentration in German | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am on the Executive Committee of Phi Mu Fraternity as Panhellenic Delegate. I am also a team member for Epic Intentions, which creates technological solutions to problems that non-profits in Atlanta have. Over my time in the club I have helped to create two databases for amazing organizations.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I tutor high school sophomores in Geometry at Cristo Rey - Atlanta. When I first came to Georgia Tech I was considering becoming an academic professor or joining the Peace Corps. I have since realized that I do not want to do either of those things, but I have realized I love to mentor young students and help them through their academic and life problems. The students there are so motivated and excited about the opportunity they have to get out of school systems that were failing them that it is difficult not to be excited to go back every week. Last fall I got to mentor younger students again as a Team Leader for the Ivan Allen College GT1000 class, which I also really loved, because I got to help freshman navigate their first semester. I am currently the Event Coordinator Intern in the Ivan Allen College Dean's Office. I have really enjoyed the work I have gotten to do with my supervisors and fellow interns so far as we plan and execute the Shadow Day events.

What do you like best about your major?
I love International Affairs, because it is a small major, and I get to have classes with many of the same students. Since the International Affairs studies span across three different majors (International Affairs, International Affairs and Modern Languages, and Economics and International Affairs), it allows you to feel like you are a part of a community.

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.

Evan Long

IA International Affairs | Minor in Public Policy l 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am the College of International Affairs Representative in the SGA Undergraduate House of Representatives, and I work on campus as a student assistant in the Office of Government and Community Relations. Also, I am a member of Theta Xi, freShGA, the Student Lobby Board, the Tech Model UN team, and the ARC Millennial Advisory Committee.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have interned at both the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, been to Peru, and have been a part of the Model Atlanta Regional Commission. In the summer 2015, I went on the EU Study Abroad Program and in the summer of 2016, I interned with for the office of Congressman Rob Woodall in Washington DC.

What do you like best about your major?
I get so excited when I follow world politics; understanding how states interact, how negotiations are done, now conflict is avoided... I see myself one day being a part in the system and taking action to help others. Economic development, especially in Georgia, is largely due to large international companies that are very concerned about how the planet is being run. I see such great opportunity to work on an international scale from this city alone. 

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Studying a typically traditional subject while being surrounded by innovators and inventors is amazing. The strong science and technology influence on all aspects of my education makes the major all the more relevant and useful. Studying in one of the most important cities in the United States for business and technology and foreign affairs is an added benefit. At Georgia Tech we create critical thinkers who are trained not to not simply understand issues, but rather to solve problems, and that is something the world needs even more each day.

Have questions for Evan? Contact Evan.

Grace Huber

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Biology | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I volunteer for a Refugee Ministry in Clarkston, where I tutor kids in English and lead an outreach group for young adult women. I'm also the Social Media Chair for my sorority and a GT-1000 Team Leader.

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 right now I'm a Senate Aide through the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. Over the summer, I got to 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.

Sam Sasser

INTA International Affairs | Certificate in Scenarios, Models, and Military Games | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am a Marine Corps Option midshipman within the Georgia Tech NROTC battalion. I am also one of the two midshipmen involved in revitalizing the Semper Fi Society, which is an organization run through GT NROTC that provides extracurricular training and military knowledge to all interested midshipmen.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
Most of my extra-scholastic involvement has been through NROTC. I am currently in the process of organizing a ruck march to benefit the Semper Fi Society and 22 Too Many, an organization that works to promote awareness about the high rate of daily veteran suicides in the United States.

What do you like best about your major?
If you are interested in security, then the International Affairs program at Georgia Tech has an incredible breadth of classes you can take on the subject. The professors are incredibly well-versed, and even the students in your classes (especially when it is a joint undergraduate-graduate class) may have experience pertaining to the subject matter at hand. Perhaps the greatest facet of our International Affairs program, though, is the small class size, which makes for a great Socratic environment.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Going to a school that is almost universally considered a "hardcore" technical university, we have a lot of opportunities to expand our knowledge base beyond the liberal arts. For instance, I have a lot of interest in climate change and the science behind it, and so I have taken a number of classes in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. As you take classes outside of your field, you begin to realize how interconnected everything is; as an example, it is possible to draw really profound parallels between sea surface temperature increases and non-traditional security issues in Southeastern Asia. Lacking the level of integration shared between the Ivan Allen College and the rest of Georgia Tech, such connections might be overlooked at more traditional liberal arts universities.

Have questions for Sam? Contact Sam.

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.

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.

Dhanusha Subramani

LMC Literature, Media & Communication | Concentration in Social Justice & Science, Technology, and Culture | Minor in Biology | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
At Tech, I'm currently on a nationally competitive Indian dance team and tutor for the GT Athletic Association. I'm also involved in a variety of pre-health and service organizations; I'm in a service organization in which I serve as a committee co-chair, the American Medical Student Association, volunteer at a children's hospital, and am also a Health Services Ambassador. I also work in the Center for Career Discovery and Development as the Pre-Health Peer Advisor, and I also do research on elephants.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
So far at Tech, I've had the opportunity to be involved in a range of clubs and extracurriculars through which I'm able to give back to campus and our surrounding Atlanta community. I've also had the opportunity to do undergraduate research under a professor who taught a class I found interesting and engaging. My summer research was on the intersection of medicine, race, and bioterrorism, specifically focused on the 2001 Anthrax Attacks.

What do you like best about your major?
Being a pre-med student, my major allows me to have the best of both the arts and science worlds. I am able to pursue passions that aren't strictly restricted to one field or the other but rather have the opportunity to explore my options and take classes in subject matters that actually interest me and stimulate my mind. While I ultimately want to go to medical school, I also want to learn more about visual communication tools, social issues, and their intersections with science and culture in order to develop my own unique perspective of medicine. LMC has so many opportunities to grow, discover, and create my own path.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Mixing liberal arts with science may seem odd, but at Georgia Tech, you can do that! Georgia Tech offers unique liberal arts programs that allow for a good mixture of the arts and science. What I enjoy most are the classes tailored specifically to the student's interests and the variety of such classes. The professors truly care about your success inside and outside the classroom and offer you the skills and resources needed to do so with via direct interactions. For me, the Ivan Allen College offers an invigorating and stimulating environment that creates ample room for the opportunity to see your creative ideas come to life either through independent research, research under a professor, projects done in the classroom, or simply sharing ideas with fellow driven students.

Have questions for Dhanusha? Contact Dhanusha.

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.

Kaitlin Shea

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

In what activities are you involved?
I'm a tour guide, which I'm insanely passionate about. Being LMC, I've written for nearly every publication on campus. I'm an International Plan student, meaning I study abroad twice while at Tech and become proficient in a language (I have chosen Arabic). My life motto is "try to do a little bit of everything," from Tech Beautification Day to Swing Dancing.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I traveled abroad with the Oxford Program during the summer of 2015. I went all over Europe while taking an art class and a music class. Then, I arrived at Oxford University in England where I took Computer Science and History of Medieval England. I was a member of Freshman Council my first year at Tech, I've experienced Tech Beautification Day, the beauty that is football season, sunrises from the CULC windows, DramaTech plays, 1am comedy shows, Buzz hugs, countless concerts, Rocky Horror, paint parties, art museums, the aquarium, magical food trucks, and the most amazing, passionate people I've ever met in my life.

What do you like best about your major?
I am obsessed with my major. I could talk your ear off! I I'm constantly fascinated by my classes and professors, as well as my fellow students. LMC encompasses everything I would want to pursue professionally. I have so many LMC buttons on my purse.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
It's so amazing that we can get a B.S. in liberal arts, of which Tech truly sets precedents with. Having a STEM based core is very marketable to employers. Ivan Allen is so highly rated with return on investment as well. I love my small community within a huge research institution, within an even larger city. I have all those resources mixed with attention from my professors and close bonds with my classmates. Being surrounded by such unique individuals is so inspiring. Also, Ivan Allen is my answer whenever anyone asks "If you could invite anyone to dinner, dead or alive, who would it be?"

Have questions for Kaitlin? Contact Kaitlin.

Lexie Scott

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

In what activities are you involved?
I am an active member of Dramatech and I am the LMC Representative in the SGA Undergraduate House of Representatives

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I worked as the Undergraduate Social Media Intern for the Ivan Allen Dean's Office and I am 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.

Libby Galli

LMC Literature, Media & Communication | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I’m currently participating in a student-directed musical for DramaTech that will have performances in April. I participate in Georgia Tech’s Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF), and I’m currently training with Georgia Tech’s Team In Training to run the Publix Georgia Half Marathon in March. We are running to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am also a member of Chorale (GT's mixed choir) and TRT (Transfer Recruitment Team).

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have performed in shows at DramaTech and sang the National Anthem at basketball games and swimming meets. I plan on participating in the Disney College Program next fall. 

What do you like best about your major?
I love Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) because it allows me to express my creativity and passion for my field. LMC is teaching me the proper skills I will need to be successful in broadcast journalism, which is the field I want to pursue following graduating. I love that I’m able to take classes that are allowing me to pursue my passion while simultaneously providing me with the proper education I will need in my future career.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love liberal arts at Georgia Tech because this program incorporates all elements of a liberal arts education with a technical twist. For example, if you’re interested in communications, you don’t just learn about it in the verbal or written form; rather, you learn about online communication as well, such as how to form a professional online presence. In all, the liberal arts program here allows students to have a proper, well-rounded education that provides us with all the skills we will need to be successful in our respective fields.

Have questions for Libby? Contact Libby.

CM

COMPUTATIONAL MEDIA

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

Josh Terry

CM Computational Media | Minor in Psychology | Concentration in Media; Interaction Design & Experimental Media | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
On campus, I am also involved in the Computational Media student ambassador program through which I plan and lead seminars and events geared toward CS, CM, and LMC students. I am also an active member of the Georgia Tech chapter of Delta Upsilon fraternity, a former undergraduate research assistant at the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory, and a former researcher at the Virtual Environments Laboratory.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
Off campus, I enjoy outdoorsy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing and wakeboarding. I also have a passion for the arts, and I specialize in creating sculptures and photography.

What do you like best about your major?
Computational Media is a comprehensive combination of science and the arts, both of which are fields of great interest to me. CM cultivates in students a mindset through which we are able to tackle technical tasks from a creative perspective, and creative problems through an analytical lens.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Aside from producing some of the most successful graduates across the globe, Georgia Tech’s liberal arts program consists of a close-knit group of diverse individuals seeking to make the world a better place.

Have questions for Josh? Contact Josh.

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 | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I volunteer at a local after-school program through BOPSOP, a club on campus. I also participate in philanthropy events through my fraternity, Theta Chi. I also work at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC) as a referee.

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.

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.

Fernanda Arcaraz

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Certificate in International Business | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am involved in the Hispanic Recruitment Team (HRT), Student Assistant at the Office of Hispanic Initiatives, Latin American Student Association (LASA), and Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF).

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have worked in international sales for Cottrell, Inc. in Gainesville, GA in the Latin American department. This summer I was an intern for PLI Consulting and worked as their International Business Development/Sales Intern as well as the head of their International Affairs department.

What do you like best about your major?
I will develop skills for the business world through economics as the analytical aspect and international affairs as the interaction aspect of countries. I want to work in sales (specifically, for Latin America) for a company in which I can climb up the corporate ladder. Economics and International Affairs gives me the best of both worlds for my future job.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Georgia Tech is allowing me to receive a non-traditional liberal arts education by incorporating math, science, and technology in my major, which gives me an upper hand in academic diversity over most liberal arts students. In addition, Tech is located in the center of endless opportunities for jobs, co-ops, and internships. I wanted to branch out academically, and Georgia Tech is allowing me to do that and more. 

Have questions for Fernanda? Contact Fernanda.

Haigh Angell

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Certificate in Excel | Concentration in International Affairs | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am serving currently in the Student Government Association on the Alumni Relations Committee and in FreshGa, a freshmen leadership organization. I am also conducting a research internship with the School of Economics.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have had the opportunity to work on different initiatives within FreshGA to help students across campus such as restructuring GT1000. I have also interned under Dr. Besedes, the Director of Graduate Programs for Economics studying international environmental agreements and their implications abroad.

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.

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Janel Gale

EIA Economics & International Affairs | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am an International Ambassador, a member of the Honors Program, and also part of the International Plan. I also work on-campus for the Office of International Education, as an Events Student Assistant for their programs for international students.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I interned with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a Marketing and International Relations intern.     

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.

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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.

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Will Thomas

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Minor in German | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I'm a TL for GT1000, a KNIT mentor, and a member of GT Model UN.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I have met tons of amazing people, have been exposed to new cultures and a wealth of knowledge, have strengthened my communication skills, and have planned and executed high budget events for the freshman class.

What do you like best about your major?
What I like the best about EIA is how it explains the events that I see on the news everyday and the events that are shaping the world. In my classes I'm exposed to the workings of global events and processes from multiple viewpoints.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how small it is! I'm able to have a close relationship with my professors and the other students in my major. I feel comfortable expressing myself and participating in discussions in all of my classes.

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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

HTS History, Technology, and Society | Certificate in Information Technology | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am the president of the History and Sociology Club, the concert manager of the Symphony Orchestra, 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, in which capacity I am a member of the service committee. I also have begun an undergraduate research project about the socio-political impacts of a specific disease on 15-16th century England.

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.

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Kayleigh Haskin

HTS History, Technology, and Society and a double major in INTA International Affairs | Minor in French | Certificate in European Affairs | 2nd Year

In what activities are you involved?
In addition to being an Ambassador, I am a member of the History and Sociology Club and Phi Alpha Theta. I'm also part of the International Plan, and I work on campus as a student assistant.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I planned a movie night commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, went to GT Night at the Aquarium, met the former Supreme Allied Commander General Breedlove, volunteered with Team Buzz, took field trips to the National Archives and the Center for Human and Civil Rights, and attended discussions on Brexit by the UK Consulate General. In 2017 I'll be presenting a research paper at a regional conference and participating in the EU Study Abroad 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.

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IAML

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND MODERN LANGUAGES

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

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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Jackie Howell

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages with a minor in Global Development | 2nd Year

HometownBuenos Aires, Argentina

ActivitiesI am the Community Service Chairperson for the Board of Directors of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Each week, I tutor elementary school students in South Atlanta with the Christian Campus Fellowship. As a member of the Georgia Tech UNICEF chapter and leader on the Relay for Life committee, I help plan advocacy events and fundraisers for causes I feel strongly about.

I haveAttended the UNICEF Campus Initiative conference in Boca Raton, Florida. I won the Co-Rec Soccer Intramurals Final with my team. I was an actor in the play for the Taste of Latin America event. I had the honor of being present for the speech President Barack Obama gave to our student body.

InterestsI enjoy going to the movie theater in Atlantic Station, playing soccer, basketball, and ping pong in the Campus Recreation Center, taking a peaceful walk in Piedmont Park, and having a coffee with friends at Amélie's French Bakery.

What I like best about my majorAs an International Affairs and Modern Languages major, I get the chance to have small, discussion-based classes with professors who genuinely have interest in the topic they are teaching and often have personal field experience which enhance their lectures. Also, I really enjoy the flexibility of the major that allows me to direct my field of study into a specific area of International Affairs that interests me, in my case Global Development. Finally, this major is preparing me to graduate with the ability to work in a globally focused world by offering excellent study abroad opportunities such as the France Language, Business and Technology program that I will go on this summer.

I <3 Liberal ArtsChoosing to be a part of the unique, unconventional liberal arts program that Tech offers has been a truly rewarding experience. It has encouraged me to explore new passions, such as digital video editing, and learn from an extremely diverse group of peers. 

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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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PUBP

PUBLIC POLICY

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

Ahiliya Nat

PUBP Public Policy and double major in Business Administration | Concentration in Finance | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am involved in the Ivan Allen Ambassador Program, am on Women's Recruitment Team, am a Dean's Research Intern for the Ivan Allen College, am a freshman officer for College Democrats Georgia Tech, am part of India Club, and am part of Student Alumni Association (Mentor Jackets.)

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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Chris Walton

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in Sustainable Cities | Concentration in Energy/Environment & Urban Policy | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
Social Fraternity, Campus Outreach.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
Right now, I'm campaigning to be a representative on SGA for Public Policy. I'm still a freshman, so I haven't done a ton but there's a lot of things I plan to do in the future including studying abroad and interning in Atlanta.

What do you like best about your major?
I love how the major both focuses on breadth and depth of policy. While looking at the multiple disciplines which form the foundation of policy analysis, you also have the opportunity to pursue two clusters of specific policy issues.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love studying on Tech's campus in the middle of Atlanta!

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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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Sana Surani

PUBP Public Policy | Double major in ECON Economics | 3rd Year

In what activities are you involved?
Currently, I am the program manager for Ivan Allen College Social Media Outreach. I am also the outreach director for College Democrats of Georgia Tech. I am also the co-founder and president of Georgia Tech's Resource and Insurance Navigators Group (RING). I have also served as a committee member (campus and community outreach) for Georgia Tech For the Kids, an organization that raises funds for Children's Miracle Network. I have also served as a team leader for GT 1000 and am vice-president of Tech's pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. 

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?
I worked on Michelle Nunn's senate campaign in Georgia as a field intern for about a year. I recently held a research internship at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and am currently an undergraduate research assistant in the School of Public Policy focusing on stem cell policy. I have also worked with Partnerships in Action, an initiative to end global poverty.

What do you like best about your major?
As a Public Policy major, my classes focus on creating policy options to solve present day problems. A lot of the classes focus on the crossroad between science and technology, which is what makes Georgia Tech liberal arts so unique.  

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
The education at Ivan Allen is so unique. By fusing liberal arts and technology, students get well rounded base of knowledge found nowhere else in world, The great evaluation in the Ivan Allen College is highly attributed to the dedicated professors who inspire and motivate students to step out of their comfort zone. Thanks to the faculty and staff at the Ivan Allen College, there are endless opportunities to pursue work experience, travel experience, and real life skills that will help shape every student's career in the future.

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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