At Georgia Tech students in the Ivan Allen College have smaller classes, creating more close-knit communities. The students in these majors feed off each other’s curiosity and dedication, and there’s much better access to professors; that’s an important advantage. Students then spend the rest of their time with engineers and computer scientists. At the Ivan Allen College, we understand liberal arts but speak engineer.
In eighth grade I decided I wanted to major in international affairs. It is the ultimate combination of my favorite subjects such as geography, history, and politics. International Affairs at Georgia Tech is a deliberate and almost scientific approach to understanding how individuals, cultures, and governments function and interact on local, national, and international levels. With an emphasis on language and technology, we graduate with a forward-thinking mindset and firm grasp on the direction of the world and problems we will face. What keeps me motivated through every assignment is the excitement of the international stage. World powers, trade, technology...it’s fun to study. History is made every day if you know what you’re looking at.
The enthusiasm of the students I met during my school tour led me to pick Georgia Tech over other schools. Georgia Tech students are ambitious with big ideas and dreams, but their major and degree are not means to an end. Students are high achieving as a result of their own personal desires to learn. My mom, an alumna, has told me the most important skill Georgia Tech teaches is problem solving. In every field of study, students learn to see the problem and the solutions. The rigor students go though at Georgia Tech also helps creates the best problem solvers in America. There is an unrivaled passion and competitiveness that motivates everyone, especially those within the Ivan Allen College. We are drawn to complex issues and want to solve the toughest problems.
“There is an unrivaled passion and competitiveness that motivates everyone, especially those within the Ivan Allen College. We are drawn to complex issues and want to solve the toughest problems.”
The most important thing I’ve taken away from my internship experiences was confidence in my career path. After interning, I return to classes with a more precise plan about what I need to learn to reach my career goals of working with state and local government economic development to build off Atlanta’s growing international environment. Many sing endless praise for “real world” experience and ignore the value of classes. However, to truly get the most out of an education, job experience and academics need to work together in harmony.
I believe the best way to effect change in a democratic society is from the bottom up. It’s the opposite of what you think an international affairs student would believe. However, my major is about perspectives and seeing international implications to local issues. I have come to understand through internships with congressmen and the Georgia Senate that county and state government, chambers of commerce, and school boards are the organizations closest to the problems and most capable of carrying out solutions. In a global hub like Metro Atlanta, an individual with an international perspective that understands players at each level can be extremely effective in bringing change.
I try to help promote Georgia Tech by serving as an Ivan Allen Ambassador and helping to recruit new students. As part of the Student Government Association, I vote on student fee appropriations for on-campus organizations and communicate with faculty and staff about students’ needs. I also mentor freshmen on leadership and campus involvement and work as a student assistant in the Office of Government Relations, where I help staff that lobby for funding and favorable policies for Georgia Tech.
I am proud of Georgia Tech’s legacy. Tech is traditional and southern, yet international and innovative. You get to study in Atlanta, an Olympic city with global corporations, movie studios, beautiful architecture, and a mosaic of people from across the nation and world. Our name means something, and our graduates do amazing things. We earn the highest paying starting jobs, then go on to make world news. We have Nobel Prize winners, Olympians, CEOs of Delta and Coca Cola, Oscar winners, and thousands of the world’s best architects, engineers, and scientists. Being a part of Georgia Tech means something big, and that’s what I love about here. We “get out” to join the ranks of some of the greatest alumni in America.
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