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Newsletter Spring  2016: Living a Call to Service

APSIA grads love to serve others! Check out The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship Class of 2016! Along with APSIA's current students and grads around the world!

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Intersection of Democracy

Amanda Meng, a PhD Candidate at Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, is interested in the intersection of democracy and technology. She also works locally to implement network technology in neighborhood and city projects. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Amanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and researched the socioeconomic impact of mobile network technology in Nigeria and India.

Born to Serve

Munk School of Global Affairs graduate Penelope Angelopoulos was instilled with a sense of the importance of serving one’s country at a young age. As such, a career in the public service was not so much a choice, but an imperative. Over the course of various positions across the government including Global Affairs Canada, Department of National Defense and the Canadian House of Commons, Penelope has gained a deepened understanding of how government works. With her deepened understanding of government, she is a more effective actor when confronted with domestic or international challenges.

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Addressing Global Threats

Sarah Factor, a graduate of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs notes that with mounting economic and security challenges, staffs in defense-related agencies are compelled to think about how to address global and strategic threats in more creative ways. “We aren’t able to throw a lot of money at things,” so staffs are encouraged to “throw a lot of creative thought and brain power” into their roles. Alliance management is a difficult field; it requires constant engagement, constant gardening. “Trying to find out what needs to be grown, what needs to be pruned back,” says Sarah.

Inspiring Others to Serve

For The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs graduate Lukas Berg, the opportunity to prepare future leaders is incredibly rewarding. “It’s humbling to be back here. My role is not just to teach American politics. It’s to inspire them to serve.” It’s also a great career opportunity. “Public service attracts the very best people,” Berg says of his colleagues. “You can find talent like that in many organizations, but you’re not going to find talent that is so committed to serving a larger cause. There is no community quite like this.”

Individual Service

After graduating from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Nursultan Eldosov will continue to take on public service responsibilities as a diplomat for the US Foreign Service in DC. For those interested in this field, Nursultan had the following advice: “Public service starts individually. Make the best of what you have and prepare yourself with education and experiences because that is public service within itself, having educated citizens.”

Upcoming APSIA Events

June 16 – Student Webinar: Best Practices in Applying for Graduate School

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July 7 – Student Webinar: Best Practices in Applying for Graduate School

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July 21 – APSIA Admissions Virtual Fair

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