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Reflecting on Four Years in the UHP

23 Apr
Was it Carly in the Club Room with the bust of Sophocles?

Was it Carly in the Club Room with the bust of Sophocles?

This post was written by Carly Nuttall, graduating UHP/ESIA student.

When I was first applying to colleges, I knew exactly the type of school I wanted to attend. I had gone to a small high school in a sleepy New England town, and I was looking for more of the same in college. At the time, GW represented everything I didn’t want—it was big, it was in a city, and it appeared to be filled with students who took themselves a little too seriously. But as an aspiring International Affairs major, GW was a requisite school to look at, though it was admittedly far down on my list. However, as my high school graduation drew closer, heading up to Maine to study International Affairs as opposed to D.C. seemed like a less and less practical idea. Accordingly, I matriculated at GW, but going into my freshman year, I still had the same concerns. Continue reading

An Evening of Glitz and Glamor [Profs on the Town]

17 Oct

This month, UHPers travelled out to see an event in DC that related to their class.  This post is written by UHPer Roxanne Goldberg.

An evening of glitz and glamor, students from Professor Cheryl Vann’s Arts and Humanities course, Medieval Women and the Men who Loved and Loathed Them, visited the Kennedy Center Saturday evening for a performance of Don GiovanniContinue reading

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert: Taking a Gap Year, Nepal, and Babies Behind Bars

14 Oct

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert and children of the ECDC

The following post was written by UHP freshman Sarah Freeman-Woolpert. If you’re interested in Babies Behind Bars, the group will hold their first general body meeting on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:30 pm at the couches on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center. 

When I got my acceptance letter from GW in 2010, I already knew I wasn’t going to hold a spot in the Class of 2014. With a vague goal of “finding myself,” I chose to take a gap year. I didn’t have a concrete plan, but knew I needed to leave my small town in New Hampshire and see the world from a different angle.

I formed a plan to spend three months backpacking through Nepal and India. The first six weeks of my trip were spent living in Kathmandu. There I stumbled upon an organization called The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). ECDC rescues children living in prison with their incarcerated mothers without access to education, adequate nutrition, or protection from the violence and squalor of the jail cells. A Nepali woman named Pushpa started ECDC to provide safe place for these children—a residential home where they are enrolled in a local school, and a separate kindergarten program for children who are too young to live apart from their mothers. Continue reading

Honors Appalachian Experience 2011

12 Sep

Safia, Alec, Liz, and Jeanette at the Phelps Area Habitat for Humanity Center

This August, The George Washington University Honors Program joined the Temple University Honors Program on the Honors Appalachian Experience – a week-long volunteer trip with Habitat for Humanity. Three UHP students – Jeanette Kaiser, Alec Ludin, and Safia Razzuqi – joined me (program officer Liz Sutton) and 21 volunteers from TU in Phelps, Kentucky. We stayed together in a communal volunteer center, “living simply” off of cereal, PB&J, and student-prepared family dinners. Broken into  two teams, we installed a tin roof, gutted a kitchen, painted fences, and put the finishing touches on siding. Taking a break from technology we savored the opportunity to live in a real – instead of virtual – community. We focused on the importance of working with a community to improve and rebuild, instead of swooping in like saviors without understanding the area we were serving. We’ll take the trip again next August – look for more information this fall! Read on to hear from Jeannette and Safia about their experiences.

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How to: Live with 6 people in Thurston

29 Jun

Penina and roomies

Penina and (most of) her roomies on move-out day

This post is written by sophomore UHPer Penina Smith.

I never thought I’d say this when I first learned that I would have FIVE(!) roommates, but living in a six in Thurston Hall is one of the best living situations available. Continue reading