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What’s Up Alum? – Estee Gabel

19 Feb
Estee Gabel (Left)

Estee Gabel (Left)

This post is written by Mollie Breger, North American Manager of Ma’ase Olam about UHP alum Estee Gabel. Estee graduated from the University Honors Program in 2012 with a bachelor’s in International Affairs and Philosophy in 2012.  She was also a member of the Student Peer Advisors (SPA) with the UHP.

Estee Gabel is an Israel Teaching Fellow at the Ben Gurion Elementary school in Rehovot, Israel. Ma’ase Olam’s Israel Teaching Fellows is a joint 10-month service-learning program for college graduates and Israelis ages 21-30 where fellows volunteer as English teachers’ aides in an elementary or middle school in Rehovot. Estee works with 3rd-6th graders, helping to make English interesting, and exposing the students to a native speaker.

Originally from Rockville Centre, NY, Estee graduated The George Washington University with majors in International Affairs and Philosophy. “After I graduated, I knew I wanted to be in Israel, and I wanted a structured program. I started looking into different volunteer opportunities, and when I found Ma’a’se Olam, it seemed right.”  Continue reading

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What’s Up Alum? – Alison Maassen

11 Jan

Alison Maassen, UHP/ESIA '09

Alison Maassen, a former UHP student staffer, graduated with degrees in International Affairs and Anthropology in 2009. She’s a distance-learning student with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and will be a field assistant on a Stanford-based research project in San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia for the first half of 2012. She blogs at http://alison-maassen.blogspot.com. She recommends you read some of the other ‘What’s Up Alum?’ posts, they’re good!

Hi UHPers!

Thanks for this opportunity to write and share some thoughts with you…though, truth be told, I’m sure most of you won’t read them…which is completely understandable. As a senior, I probably wouldn’t have taken the time myself. I was wholly absorbed in a haze (or toxic smog) of uncertainty about the future. I’d been rejected by Teach For America, State Department’s Critical Languages Scholarship, and GW’s PAF program. I had been accepted to four graduate programs, but they were far out of my price range, and I didn’t like the thought of piling on more schooling right away. Furthermore, as an ’09 grad, no one yet knew just how far the economic sky was falling. I was terrified of getting trapped in an unfulfilling job, or with no job at all. (Sound familiar to any of you?) Continue reading

What’s Up Alum? – Ryan Pevnick

6 Dec

Ryan Pevnick, UHP/CCAS '03

Ryan Pevnick ’03 graduated from the University Honors Program with a major in Political Science.  Ryan is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University where he teaches courses both in the history of political thought and contemporary democratic theory.  His book, Immigration and the Constraints of Justice, was published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press.

I came to GW with some vague interests in journalism and politics.  A bit over a decade later, I find myself teaching political theory at NYU – an urban university in many ways similar to GW.  While this is not an outcome I could have anticipated (or even conceived), it did grow out of a series of experiences – some predictably cliché, some idiosyncratic and fortuitous – that came together at GW. Continue reading

What’s Up Alum? – Robert O’Brien

10 May

Robert O'Brien ESIA & UHP '08

Robert O’Brien, ESIA ’08, graduated from the University Honors Program summa cum laude. From 2008 to 2009 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the People’s Republic of China. Since December 2009 he has worked as a Research Assistant in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. He will begin graduate studies at Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College this fall.

In preparing to write this column, I read over all of the previous entries and came away extremely impressed by the number and diversity of UHP success stories. Rather than go through each of the decisions that led me to where I am today, I want to use my 500 words to champion a cause that is near and dear to my heart – adventures.

To start, here’s a brief overview of my life post-graduation: Continue reading

It’s not too late to join us for Happy Hour [Event]

21 Mar

For University Honors Program Alumni and Graduating Seniors,

It is our pleasure to announce our first University Honors Program Alumni and Senior Happy Hour! Join us for an evening of catching up and meeting new friends. As we welcome seniors into the Honors Alumni community, we also kick-off a series of new programs that connect Honors Alumni with current students.

University Honors Program Alumni and Graduating Senior Happy Hour
Thursday, March 24 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Local 16 Restaurant & Bar
1602 U Street NW, Washington, D.C.

(3 blocks from U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro stop)

Register your attendance today

The event is FREE and includes appetizers and access to the private, open-air roof deck of Local 16. The first 25 guests to register online will receive a FREE drink ticket for a happy hour beverage to be distributed at the event.

If you have any questions please contact Liz Sutton, UHP Program Officer, at lsutton@gwu.edu or 202-994-6816. We hope to see you on March 24th!