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.

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.

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.

Have questions for Chris? Contact Chris.

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.

Jack Monnig

GEML Global Economics and Modern Languages | Concentration in Spanish | 1st Year | Augusta Preparatory Day School

In what activities are you involved?
I am a member of the Georgia Tech Tribe club Ultimate Frisbee team. I am also involved and hold leadership positions in Tech Wesley, GTNOW, and attend The Living Room.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
I do not currently hold a job, but I will be studying abroad next year in Spain and Mexico.

What do you like best about your major?
The combination of the unparalleled economics education, focusing on quantitative modeling, as well as the incredible tool of a second language, are what make my major one of the best at Tech.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the Liberal Arts at Tech are not specific to any one area, field, or focus. A Liberal Arts education here involves technology, arts, languages, and almost every other study Georgia Tech has to offer. Liberal Arts students get an incredible mix of skills that prepare them for the world much better than anywhere else.

Have questions for Jack? Contact Jack.

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.

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.

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.

Kate Cullen

INTA International Affairs | 1st Year | Mcintosh High School

In what activities are you involved?
I am in freShGA, student government government relations committee, Greek life

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have? 
Intern at the Fayette County Democratic Committee

What do you like best about your major?
I love that there are so many opportunities to get real-world experience for my major! Whether it be internships, study abroad, or just talking to former generals and foreign policy officials, the Sam Nunn School is committed to making sure I’m learning outside the classroom.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Being a Liberal Arts major at Tech requires that I learn about science and technology, two subject areas that aren’t my favorite but are so necessary for the real world. I think it’s important that I have that tech background, but I also have the opportunity to get a traditional liberal arts education as well so it really is the best of both worlds.

Have questions for Kate? Contact Kate.

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.

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.

Katrina Heitz

LMC Literature, Media, and Communications | Concentration in Marketing | 2nd Year | Cornerstone Preparatory School

In what activities are you involved?

I am involved with KNIT Mentorship, a first year mentorship program that helps student transition to life at Georgia Tech by pairing them with upper-class students. I am also a member of the Georgia Tech Marketing Association, LMC ambassadors, and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM).

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

I am currently interning at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in their communications office. Interning has allowed me to apply the information I am learning in classes into a real work environment. I also served a year as Marketing Coordinator for KNIT Mentorship's executive board and through BCM I participate in service trips.

What do you like best about your major?

I love how diverse the LMC program is due to the 6 different threads students choose from (Literature, Media, Communication, Social Justice, Interactive Design, and Science, Technology, and Culture). Furthermore, within those threads, you have so much freedom in the classes you can elect to take. I find it amazing that I can be preparing for a successful marketing career alongside peers who want to teach, go to law school, or design apps.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the creativity you find in the liberal arts community at Georgia Tech. STEM fields are fantastic and I have loved learning more about science while at Tech, but liberal arts will always be my passion. I love discovering the humanistic side to science by uncovering how research is changing people’s lives and our world as a whole. Studying in the Ivan Allen College has helped me understand liberal arts’ place in society and how my viewpoint is both valid and needed.

Have questions for Katrina? Contact Katrina.

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.

Hannah Jane Baumann

LMC Literature, Media, and Communication | 1st Year | Norcross High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am a contributing writer on The Technique, in the Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity and SAA.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

I am studying abroad in Oxford this summer.

What do you like best about your major?

 What I like best about my major is that it is highly customizable. With 15 different and distinct pathways, each LMC major can choose to focus on what they individually enjoy and are passionate about!

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

What I love about liberal arts at GT is the fact that we are a tight-knit community that you can’t find at many other schools. Also, even though we’re small, we always make our voice heard on campus!

Have questions for Hannah Jane? Contact Hannah Jane.

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 .

Stephanie Luo

CM Computational Media | Minor in Industrial Design | Concentration in Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Design | 1st Year | Lawrence High School

In what activities are you involved?
Design Club, Grand Challenges LLC, Video Game Development

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have? 
I will be studying abroad this summer in Berlin.

What do you like best about your major?
I like how my major falls under both the Liberal Arts College and the College of Computing.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech is a great way to receive a well-rounded education through taking STEM and major-related courses.

Have questions for Stephanie? Contact Stephanie.

EIA

ECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

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.

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.

Sean Floyd

EIA Economics and International Affairs | 2nd Year | Mill Creek High School

In what activities are you involved?

I’m involved in Ivan Allen as both an Ambassador and as the Social Media Intern. I’m also involved in Greek Life and IFC, as well as a member of the Yellow Jacket Fencing Club.

What do you like best about your major?

I love how I can blend foreign relations with economics which will support me as my background when I eventually try to get into policy, but I also really enjoy macroeconomics in comparison to micro, and EIA offers more specialization there as well.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Everyone here has a story; there is not a single bland individual who you don’t enjoy talking to, and in our time here we continue to diversify ourselves while all remaining connected through Ivan Allen, so we get the big college benefits with the small college feelings. Plus, since we’re at Georgia Tech, we get a STEM education far superior to the STEM which other liberal arts colleges offer, making us more competitive in future fields.

Have questions for Sean? Contact Sean.

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.

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.

Have questions for Kayla? Contact Kayla.

Sara Stefan

History, Technology, and Society Major |  1st year

In what activities are you involved?

IAC Ambassadors, RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), and I volunteer at PAWKids, which is an aftershool program for underprivileged children

What have you done so far while at Georgia Tech?

Intramural soccer.

What do you like best about your major?

I love the flexibility of HTS. There are a lot of electives, which allow me to purse whatever minors and certificates I want without worrying about if affecting my graduation time. I also like the flexibility within the HTS classes themselves. There are so many interesting and unique classes, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to take some of them!

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love being a part of liberal arts here at Tech because you get all the benefits of attending a large university while still getting to be part of a small school. We get to do all of the fun big school activities, like football games and more options for extracurricular activities and classes, while still getting to enjoy being a part of the community of a small college. The smaller class sizes allow the professors to take the time to learn your name and invest in your education, and also allows you to get to know your classmates. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my fellow IAC students through that as well as through the events IAC puts on.

Have questions for Sara? Contact Sara.

Yihua Xu

HTS History, Technology, and Society | Additional Major in Math | Minor in Computer Science| Concentration in Statistics and Probability | 2nd Year | No. 2 High School of East China Normal University

In what activities are you involved?

I am a GT1000 Team Leader, Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) Leader for Objected Oriented Programming for CS1331, Serve-Learn Sustain: Bee-snap Project

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have? 

Research (Machine Learning): Root-inspired Anchor Model Simulation

What do you like best about your major?

The best thing I love about my major is that it provides me with new perspectives to understand the socially-constructed modern world. This is also a great opportunity to bring in my quantitative background into real world application.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the sense of community! When I first came to Tech as an international student, I felt very welcome by the college. Also, people care about your success and try their best to help you find the correct path.

Have questions for Yihua? Contact Yihua.

IAML

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND MODERN LANGUAGES

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

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.

Have questions for Taylor? Contact Taylor.

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.

Have questions for Angelica? Contact Angelica.

Jack Sheldon

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Certificate in Pre-Law | Concentration in French | 2nd Year | North Atlanta High School

In what activities are you involved?

Sophomore Advisor- Freshman Leadership Organization, Student Government Association, Greek Life, Georgia Tech Model United Nations

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

European Union Study Abroad Program and an internship in the European Parliament Brussels (Pending)

What do you like best about your major?  

What I like best about being an International Affairs and Modern Languages - French major is the great dynamic that I have found exists between professors, teaching assistants, and fellow IAML students. Over my time here at Tech, I have been able to cultivate lasting and productive relationships with many of my professors. They have connected me with job opportunities, sent me to conferences, engaged my passions, and given me very concrete advice on how to succeed based on their experiences. I cannot speak for majors outside of Ivan Allen, but it seems to me that this rapport and level of confidence that professors and staff have in their students is unparalleled here at Tech. My INTA and French professors have, without fail, been accessible and engaging, which is something that I see as IAML’s best attribute.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Over my past few semesters of study at Tech, I have come to better understand liberal arts at Tech and why it has such outstanding merit when compared to other liberal arts colleges in its category. Not only does an Ivan Allen education entail learning traditional theories, histories, and international implications; Ivan Allen students are also taught to apply their knowledge to real-world issues, in a somewhat scientific problem-solving manner. Since last year, I have also experienced many hallmark Ivan Allen milestones like my European Union study abroad, volunteering at multiple Ivan Allen FASET advising breakouts and participating in the Ivan Allen Cup. These experiences along with countless others have led to me truly believe in liberal arts at Tech.

Have questions for Jack? Contact Jack.

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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Stephen Nash

IAML International Affairs and Modern Languages | Minor in Ocean Science and Sports, Technology, and Society | 2nd Year | Habersham Central High School

In what activities are you involved?

iGniTe advisory board

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

10U Academy soccer coach at Inter Atlanta FC; Spain LBAT; Bee-Snap VIP

What do you like best about your major?

It allows me to carefully select my coursework to fit my personal interests and provides a solid language background to help me communicate those.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

There is nowhere else that brings STEM and humanities together better. I love the interdisciplinary leaning of liberal arts, and I love that, thanks to GT, I have all the STEM resources I could ever need to actually get things done.

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MaKenna McGuire

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

In what activities are you involved?
Outside of the ambassador program here in the Ivan Allen College, I am involved in Greek life on campus. Our organization allows us to participate in events and activities that raise awareness about our philanthropy and its importance. I am also holding a position as the Marshall and held positions as Homecoming Committee heads. Also, I hope to join Model UN in the Spring to gain a real-life application to International Affairs.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have? 
This Summer, I am planning on going on the European Union Study Abroad Program within my major.

What do you like best about your major?
In my major, I like how I can combine both International Affairs and Spanish into one major. Also, I like how my major stresses the importance of international experiences because it is important to apply both the international affairs courses with the language that you are learning.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
At Georgia Tech, I love how the liberal arts program is diverse and so applicable to the real world. In each of your classes, you are learning information and discussing topics that are issues in the world today. Also, I like how we get to incorporate aspects of the STEM education into our majors because that makes our degrees more competitive in future job opportunities.

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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.

Addie Dascher

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in Film and Media Studies and International Affairs | Concentration in Politics and Policy and Social and Health Policy | 1st Year | Lakeside High School

In what activities are you involved?
During my first year at Tech, I've been a contributing writer for the campus newspaper, The Technique, joined freShGA as a part of the Marketing Team (a FLO that is a branch of the Student Government Association), was welcomed into a sorority, and am now an Ivan Allen Ambassador!

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
I currently work as an 8th grade teacher at my Temple in Midtown, and have previously worked as a hostess at a local restaurant. I interned for the Stacey Abrams gubernatorial campaign and learned a lot about the political process. I even got to meet Stacey Abrams!

What do you like best about your major?

Majoring in Public Policy is one of the best decisions I've ever made. The curriculum provides you with the tools to take action and delve into fields like law, government, and nonprofit work. The unique Capstone Project completed your senior year and remarkable 5-year Masters/Bachelors degree program are just elements of what makes this major so special.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech is such a unique program that I feel very passionate about advancing. It offers so many more interesting and different learning opportunities than the traditional liberal arts college, and integrates technology and other STEM fields expertly within the curriculum. The opportunities Atlanta offers Liberal Arts students is also such a bonus here at Tech; from the Capitol down the street to Turner Broadcasting and CNN around the corner, it's truly a place to thrive.

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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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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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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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Josette Vanderlaan

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in International Affairs | Concentration in Politics and Social/Urban Policy | 3rd Year | DeKalb School of the Arts

In what activities are you involved?
I'm an RA in North Avenue South and I volunteer with an off-campus organization serving refugees.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
I've interned at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs in Atlanta and Migrant Legal Aid in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

What do you like best about your major?
Public Policy is the best way to make the biggest positive impact on my community. Everyone in my major is studying it because they want to help others.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how we take a more holistic and scientific approach to traditional liberal arts. I also like how small the class sizes are. It makes it easy to have great discussions.

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Caleb Torres

PUBP Public Policy |  Concentration in Politics and Policy and Environmental Policy | 2nd Year | Lakeside High School

In what activities are you involved?
Student Government Association, Parking and Transportation Action Committee, Campus Safety Advisory Board, BIIC Committee

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
Fall 2018 - Intern for the Anti-Defamation League, Spring 2019 - Intern for the Georgia Senate Press Office

What do you like best about your major?
My favorite thing about PUBP is the emphasis on real-world experience through a focus on internships and research opportunities. This builds your resume and makes you more marketable to employers after graduation.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the close-knit community of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. With smaller class sizes and a higher student-to-faculty ratio, you get more opportunities to connect with your classmates and professors.

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Lydia Wiederholt

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in French | Concentration in Politics and Social/Health Policy | 1st Year

In what activities are you involved?
I am involved with Freshman Leadership Initiative, WREK Radio, Intramural Volleyball, and Rock Climbing Club.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
In high school, I interned at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Next semester, Spring 2020, I plan on researching voting patterns of college students through a VIP Program. This summer I hope to participate in the French LBAT study abroad program in Paris, France.

What do you like best about your major?
I love that an internship is mandatory to graduate so that every graduate has practical work experience.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love how there is a feeling of a small liberal arts community while still having access to all of the resources available at a large research institute.

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