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

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Concentration in Japanese | 3rd 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 that through the international affairs perspective, I get to learn about how the nations around the world interact with each other through topics like Weapons of Mass Destruction. As the world continues to globalize, I think learning about how international affairs works becomes increasingly important. I also love that I get to study Japanese, as I hope to work in Japan one day and I get to take courses that teaches me business Japanese and courses that teach me about the culture of Japan.

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.

Katie Garner

ECON Economics | Minor in Law, Science, and Technology | 3rd 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?
N/A

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 | 3rd 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.

Olivia Fulmore

GEML Global Economics and Modern Languages | 2nd Year | Vestavia Hills High School

In what activities are you involved?

For the Kids at Georgia Tech, Student Government Association, Tech the Halls, Society of Women in Business, Alpha Delta Pi, Christian Campus Fellowship, Greek Cru, Nanny, The WHY GT

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

Present: For the Kids at Georgia Tech, Student Government Association, Tech the Halls, Society of Women in Business, Alpha Delta Pi, Christian Campus Fellowship, Greek Cru, Nanny, The WHY GT
Past: Freshga, Freshman Representative​​​​​​​

What do you like best about your major?

I love the collaboration of my major. I am a Global Economics and Modern Languages major. While both parts of my major are very different they compliment each other very well. I can work internationally, which I enjoy. ​​​​​​​

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love how close the liberal arts community is. The faculty, teachers, and your peers all truly care how you feel and how you are doing, which I think is very different from the Liberal Arts college in comparison to any other college at Georgia Tech.

Have questions for Olivia? Contact Olivia.

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 | Concentration Pre-Law and Business Administration | Certificate in European and Latin American Affairs | 4th Year

In what activities are you involved?
In addition to being an Ambassador, I am also on the Ivan Allen College Student Advisory Board. I served as a FASET Orientation Leader and am a GT1000 Team Leader. I also work on campus at the Center for Academic Enrichment, and I have worked at the Ferst Center for the Arts in the past. I also volunteer and work with an organization called Books Not Bombs, which, in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee, tutors refugee students in Clarkston High School.

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 | 3rd 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 | 4th 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 while at Tech! I've interned at a nonprofit called Points of Light and I have served as a Senate Aid through the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. Last summer, I spent 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 College 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 | 2nd Year | Walton High School

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

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the 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 | Minor in German | Certificate in European Affairs | 4th Year

In what activities are you involved?

I have been involved in GT1000 since my second year at Georgia Tech. I have been a Team Leader for various classes three times, and I became a GT1000 Ambassador in May 2017 and am now the Programming Committee Chair. I have also been involved in Epic Intentions, a student run consulting organization, since my second year and have now served on our Executive Board twice. After completing my term on my sorority's Executive Committee, I have continued to stay involved.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

I have gotten really involved around campus and had the amazing opportunity to serve on several executive boards in my involvements. I have also been able to study abroad twice - once in Germany and once in Poland. In addition to my involvements and time abroad, I have done a few internships as well and worked part-time on campus. 

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.

Catherine Moore

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Environmental Science | 2nd Year | Grady High School

In what activities are you involved?

Alpha Phi - Director of campus involvement, Watchcare mental health awareness committee, College Democrats.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

Over the summer, I studied abroad on the Oxford program, traveling all around Europe. In the springs I am on the GT women's rugby team.

What do you like best about your major?

As an INTA major with a minor in environmental science, I am in the perfect place to access a liberal arts education with a STEM edge. Liberal arts degrees at Georgia Tech are so different than those at other colleges, and my major allows me room to explore my interests in science, and international affairs. ​​​​​​​

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

The Ivan Allen college feels like a small liberal arts college within the larger atmosphere of Georgia Tech. I have been able to grow close to my professors and peers through the smaller class sizes, while still having access to the abundant resources available through the university. ​​​​​​​

Have questions for Catherine? Contact Catherine.

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 | 4th 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 | 3rd 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 | Certificate in Marketing | 4th 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 Coca Cola Brand Ambassador, the president of the LMC ambassadors, 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.

Alli Brightwell

LMC Literature, Media, and Communications |  3rd Year | Calvary Day School

In what activities are you involved?

Student assistant mentor at the Center for Academic Success, community leader at Baptist Collegiate Ministry

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

I studied abroad on the Oxford program and will be interning with the Georgia Legislative Intern Program in the Spring

What do you like best about your major?

I love LMC because I get to gear my major and the classes I take towards what I want to do. The flexibility is amazing!

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

GT liberal arts is such a an interesting community. Everyone is passionate about something different and because there’s so much diversity we get a chance to learn so much about the world right in our own college.

Have questions for Alli? Contact Alli.

Allie-Grace Mock

LMC Literature, Media, and Communications | Minor in International Affairs | 1st Year | Flowery Branch High School

In what activities are you involved?

Phi Mu, SAA

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

High school- Student Council, Key Club, beta club, National honors society

What do you like best about your major?

There is so much variety to LMC. Everyone I meet has a different career goal. You can accomplish so many things through LMC.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Being a part of a small college at a huge institute is amazing. IAC students have smaller classes and get more individual attention when they need help. We get all the perks of going to a big school, while enjoying the perks of having a small major. I can’t imagine being a STEM major because of what I want to do in life, and I get to focus on my own career goals through liberal arts. ​​​​​​​

Have questions for Allie-Grace? Contact Allie-Grace.

Marissa Truskowski

LMC Literature, Media, and Communications | Minor in Law, Science, and Technology | 2nd Year | Lambert High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am an active DramaTech member and actress in addition to serving as a Sophomore Advisor for Suit Up Professional Preparation. I additionally volunteer with Lambda Sigma, an on-campus Sophomore Honors Fraternity.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

In addition to the above activities, I am an ACT/SAT tutor. I'm also currently doing copy editing work for an LMC professor this semester.

What do you like best about your major?

I love the versatility that LMC offers. There are so many career paths you can explore through the curriculum. Additionally, there are some really fascinating course offerings every year that take me out of my comfort zone and broaden my horizons. ​​​​​​​

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I think that the liberal arts are more important now than ever. As technology and society change, the world needs humanists to keep up. I believe that Tech does an excellent job of preparing us for the world while getting us excited about our future roles in it. ​​​​​​​

Have questions for Marissa? Contact Marissa.

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 | 2nd 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 | Minor in Biology | 5th 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 | 3rd 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 has 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 Ivan Allen 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

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Economics | 4th 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 work on campus for the Office of International Education.

What do you like best about your major?
I like INTA because it's a perfect combination of my interests in politics, current events, different countries and cultures, and foreign languages. The major here is also designed so that I can customize my degree in a way that reflects 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.

Aiyanna Lowery

EIA Economics and International Affairs |  2nd Year | Sprayberry High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am currently the Publications Chair of Lambda Sigma Honor Society, a member of Model United Nations, a GT 1000 Team Leader, and a member of the Ivan Allen College Student Advisory Board. This Spring I will be going abroad to participate in the French Sciences Sustainability program at the Georgia Tech Lorraine campus.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

I've participated in Team Buzz, Georgia Tech's annual day of service, every year since I enrolled. I also work at the Communication Center and I researched the prevalence of PTSD in resettled refugees as a part of a Freshman Research Internship. I also enjoy pottery and karaoke in my free time.

What do you like best about your major?

I love the real world application of my major. The issues discussed in my coursework are issues that are incredibly relevant. As the world becomes increasingly globalized and I get more mature, the importance of staying informed increases exponentially. My degree allows me to analyze and discuss today's problems intelligently.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Liberal arts focus on the human aspect behind the technological advances and everyday decisions that people make. They allow us to imagine and subsequently create a better future for ourselves and others. Georgia Tech provides liberal arts majors with the technological background to imagine in even more detail and locate the resources we need to see our ideas come to fruition more effectively.

Have questions for Aiyanna? Contact Aiyanna.

Gemma Park

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Minor in Computational Data Analysis | 3rd Year | Lassiter High School

In what activities are you involved?

I participate in intramural sports, clubs on campus, and Greek Life. 

What do you like best about your major?

I love that Economics and International Affairs combines more technical mathematics and computer science skills with the more traditional writing and communication skills that are usually thought of in regards to liberal arts. I get to work on innovative technical projects while still maintain a perspective that is culturally aware.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love that liberal arts because it has been a great way for me to channel my passion of travel and learning about other cultures while still furthering my education and making a tangible difference in the world.​​​​​​​

Have questions for Gemma? Contact Gemma.

Will Thomas

EIA Economics and International Affairs | Minor in German | 4th 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.

Hana Omar

EIA Economics and International Affairs and Double Major in Business Administration | 2nd Year | Peachtree Ridge High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am the Philanthropy and Interfaith Chair of the Georgia Tech Muslim Students Association, and a Team Leader for GT 1000.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

I was a brand ambassador of TEDxGeorgia Tech last year and I hope to continue doing so this year!

What do you like best about your major?

I really appreciate the gaps that a joint degree such as economics and international affairs bridges! The analysis of how economic actions and international decisions affect each other allows me to see how economics and politics are becoming increasingly dependent on each other. Additionally, class discussions about current events and the relationships between technology and EIA is really enhance my understandings of both subjects. EIA teaches analytical and mathematical skills while challenging me to think about future problems they might have to solve in the future.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Ivan Allen provides an individualized program which allows me to pursue my passion of Economics and International Affairs with a focus on technology and the globalized world. I really appreciate how the STEM environment at Georgia Tech encourages liberal arts students to analyze how societal and economic factors affect issues in the areas of science and technology. Additionally, the varied and unique selection of minors, certificates and electives gives students the opportunity to pursue their specific interests. The intimate program provides an environment for me to build relationships with professors and advisors, which are always ready to help students with academic advising and finding internship opportunities.

Go Jackets!

Have questions for Hana? Contact Hana.

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 | 4th 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 & INTA International Affairs | Certificate in European Affairs | 4th Year

In what activities are you involved?

I work at the Robert C. Williams Paper museum and on-campus as a student assistant. I’m also involved with the History and Sociology Club and the International Affairs Student Organization.

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.

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Kayla McManus-Viana

HSOC History and Sociology | Minor in International Affairs | Concentration: Global Studies | 3rd 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.

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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 | 4th 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 | 4th 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?
I have helped plan several events across campus for more than 200 students, served as transportation chair for my sorority, and I attended 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

INTA International Affairs | Minor in Spanish | Certificate in Pre-Law | Concentration in Spanish | 4th 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?
Being an INTA major allows me a lot fo flexibility to pursue subjects that I am truly passionate about. Much of what I research and take classes on is about human rights, social justice, and socioeconomic development of Latin American states. However, people in my same major study completely different subjects from me, such as a nuclear proliferation, international political economy, authoritarianism in Eastern Europe, and so much more. We are truly given the opportunities and resources to broaden our horizons as far as they will go, which I think is something that no other liberal arts college in the country provides for its students.

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 | 4th 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 | 3rd 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?
I attended the Oxford Program in 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 | 2nd 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 | Concentration: Mandarin | 2nd 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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Eve Pike

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Concentration in German | 1st Year | East Laurens High School

In what activities are you involved?

As of now I am currently a part of GT's Greek life and now the Ivan Allen Ambassador program. As a first year I am still finding my way around all of the many clubs and organizations on campus, but I am definitely figuring out what works for me and where I can find people that are passionate about the same things I am.

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

Since I have been a part of the GT community I have been involved in everything from the freshman homecoming activities and going to all the football games to cheer on the Jackets to volunteering with my sorority as well as with Atlanta Missions. I also volunteer outside of GT as I continue with an organization I was a part of in high school, SkillsUSA. I played tennis in high school as well and still play ever now and then. Fun fact about me, I'm also certified in construction and have helped with a Habitat for Humanity house before.

What do you like best about your major?

I love my major because of the exposure I get being surrounded by so many incredibly diverse individuals. Not only am I learning from amazing professors a multitude of information about cultures and languages. I am also experiencing those cultures and languages as I take classes with people from all across the world.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the community that the Ivan Allen College has created here on Georgia Tech's campus. As liberal arts majors at a largely STEM based school, we really get a small school feel and that is my favorite part. Every person I meet, whether a student, an advisor, or a professor, has a welcoming nature that I have yet to find anywhere else. No matter your ambitions, the people here are ready to help make you successful!

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Chloe Thomas

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

In what activities are you involved?

I am involved in For The Kids which is the largest philanthropic organization on campus, and we work to raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. I am also involved in my sorority where I participate in a variety of events and activities, and I am a member of the Watchcare Committee where I work to improve mental and physical health within my sorority.

What do you like best about your major?

What I like best about my major is the condensed class sizes, the amazing professors, the classes that I get to take and the experiences that I have the opportunity to be a part of. I also love Spanish, and I like learning about different cultures around the world as well as international events.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I like that liberal arts, specifically at Georgia Tech, is like that of no other university. I love the tight knit community that exists at Tech, and I like how small all of my liberal arts classes are because it gives me the opportunity to get to know other students and professors better. I also like the opportunities that I have which include being able to study abroad as well as participate in the International Plan, and I am able to incorporate my knowledge of Spanish and international affairs into the international experiences that I will partake in.

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Henry Tharpe

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Concentration in Spanish | 1st Year | Brookwood High School

In what activities are you involved?

IAC Student Advisory Board and Ambassadors

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

Now: IAC SAB and Ambassador
Past (aka high school): Beta Club VP, various honor societies, Red Cross Coordinator, readers rally lol.

What do you like best about your major?

I like that it combines my two main interests, spanish and international affairs, into one unique major​​​​​​​.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Small class sizes and personal connections with professors.

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Josephina Obi

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Concentration in Japanese | 2nd Year | Lambert High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am a member of the Japan Student Association, and the Black History Month Committee. I also work for Georgia Tech's Department of Housing as a Resident Adviser.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

I worked at the Student Center's art studio, Paper & Clay, and participated in the Valencia/Lisbon study abroad program (Summer 2018) .

What do you like best about your major?

I love the variety of IAML. I get to study topics within my region of concentration (Japan), but also get the opportunity to study about other regions, global politics, and so much more. Because my major covers a broad spectrum, it also gives me space to take courses in several countries that still count towards my degree.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love that Ivan Allen is a small college. I really do enjoy the smaller class sizes, and having more one-on-one time with professors. Courses get to be personalized and feel a lot more interpersonal and interactive than the average lecture. I also love that, despite being a small college, there are several opportunities for Ivan Allen students within and outside of Georgia Tech.

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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 | 4th 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?
I have interned with The Linley Jones Firm, P.C.; Hoffspiegel Law; and Landis+Gyr.

What do you like best about your major?
Georgia Tech's 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 | 4th 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 | 3rd 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 | 4th 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 time 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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Andrew McGraw

PUBP Public Policy | 1st Year | Wayne County High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am the Meetings Chair for my area's Residence Hall Council, live in the Global Leadership Learning Living Community (LLC), march with the Georgia Tech Marching Band, and serve as a Freshman Research Intern with Ivan Allen. I also work in the Center for Academic Enrichment as the Living Learning Communities Student Assistant.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

I was fortunate enough to start at Georgia Tech as a summer freshman with the iGniTe program, which really launched me straight into the Georgia Tech Community. I work with the program on the Advisory board, helping to reshape it for the future generations of summer first years. With Ivan Allen, I'm currently working on a research project on urban transportation in Atlanta, specifically surrounding the rise of Bird scooters and their political and social impact on our communities. I'm also doing a research project in my LLC that focuses on stopping slash and burn techniques in Botswana through the introduction of re-nitrification via alley cropping.

What do you like best about your major?

Public Policy at Georgia Tech has really taken on it's own definition. Here, we focus more on the processes that makes politics happen rather than the political system itself. This allows Public Policy students to branch off into tons of different career fields and interests, solving problems in a multitude of different areas. And because Public Policy at Tech is so relatively small, students have the ability to network with professors and other students to understand these different interest areas.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech is the perfect crossroads between the social sciences and STEM. Ivan Allen provides it's students with the scientific background necessary in today's careers, while exposing them to the specific liberal arts concepts needed to succeed. Ivan Allen students also retain the small-college feel with smaller class sizes and faculty to student ratios, while still receiving access to all resources of a large research university.

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Chris Walton

Economics | Minor in Public 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 previous spring, I had the opportunity to go on the pacific program study abroad, and for this upcoming spring, I will be interning at the Georgia state capitol for their 2019 legislative session.

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, study abroad, and work two semesters during the school year 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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Elizabeth Balinao

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in International Affairs | 1st Year | Savannah Arts Academy

In what activities are you involved?

I’m currently the Joint Finance Committee Secretary for Student Government Association and the Vice President of Finance & Logistics for a campus political organization. Recently, I was a Project Coordinator for TEAM Buzz. I’m also a part of Greek life.

What activities are you participating in now or have participated in the past?

Professionally, I’ve interned for the U.S. House and for the Air Force. Academically, I’ve been a research assistant with a professor in the School of Public Policy and studied abroad on the Oxford Program. On campus, I’ve been a Team Leader for GT 1000, the Facility Management Director for my sorority, a piano accompanist for Chamber Choir, the Marketing & Graphic Design Chair for UNICEF, and a mentee for Student Alumni Association’s MentorJackets program.

What do you like best about your major?

I love the multidisciplinary nature of my degree. I’ve taken classes in statistics, policy analysis, organizational leadership, national security, and political economy, just to name a few - and I know that the skills I’ve learned from these classes will help me to succeed in any career field I choose to pursue. As an aspiring public servant, I know that when I graduate, I’ll be ready to tackle any kind of problem that comes my way.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the sense of community among different majors. One of my best friends is international affairs, and we have overlapping academic interests. Another one of my close friends used to be a computational media major, and many of my other friends are a mix of international affairs or economics majors. We all support each other and want each other to succeed, and I know I would not have obtained an internship had it not been for this support.

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