Current Bloggers: Spring 2017

Madeline Budman, Jerusalem, Israel

Madeline Budman is a junior in the College, majoring in English and double minoring in Jewish Civilization and Women’s and Gender Studies. On campus, madeline-budmanshe is a tutor at the Writing Center, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, an editor for Bossier Magazine, and an intern for the Jewish Chaplaincy. This spring, she is studying abroad at Hebrew University – Rothberg International School in Jerusalem, Israel, and will likely be found eating lots of shakshuka and fresh pomegranate juice at the shuk.


Katherine Cienkus, Oxford, UK

Katherine is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International History and focusing on religion and politics in the Middle East after World War I. She hails from Glenview, Illinois and in a complete 180 degree switch will be studying for the entire 2016-2017 academic year at Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. There, she will be studying history and politics, specifically the border formation of the modern Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Through her work at the Berkley Center for Religion, Ethics and World Affairs, she has Cienkus2016found herself increasingly interested in theories of peace building and the role of interfaith dialogue. Having read and learned so much about the world, she has surprisingly seen very little of it. Thus, throughout the fall semester she hopes to blog about attempting to become a Brit and the new academic life and people she will be engaging with at Oxford. Outside of the classroom, Katherine enjoys reading The New York Times, eating baked goods, running, and singing.


Monica Cho, Brussels, Belgium

Monica is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology minoring in French and Cognitive Science. As an army brat, she’s no stranger to travel, but since settling down in Northern Virginia, she’s been itching for a good excuse to pop out of the country for a bit. At Georgetown, Monica is a pro backwards walker with the Blue and Gray Tour Guide monica-choSociety, thanks in part to coordination skills she picked up from the Women’s Club Lacrosse team. She also likes to write about her taste in (emo) music for The Voice and serve up much needed caffeine at Saxby’s. As a self-claimed francophile with a love for waffles, Belgium was an easy pick. Monica aspires to woo some Belgians with her French skills, eat her weight in chocolate, and keep a photo diary of all of Manneken Pis’ costumes.


Katherine de Araujo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Katie is a Junior in the School of Foreign Service, studying abroad at Pontifical Catholic katherine-de-araujoUniversity of Rio de Janeiro. She studies Culture and Politics with a concentration in media, education and justice. At Georgetown, she is a student leader in Chi Alpha Campus Ministry and works for the Office of Campus Ministry. She also is a GSPer and a professional dog walker. Katie is really excited to be studying abroad in Brazil this semester to learn more about her family’s culture and become fluent in Portuguese.


Aicha Diallo, Legon, Ghana

Aicha is a junior in the College majoring in Computer Science with a certificate in African aissatou-dialloStudies. Originally from Guinea, Aicha grew up in the Bronx. She is passionate about African development and especially interested in the ways in which technology has and continues to facilitate development on the continent. Aicha is looking forward to studying African Studies and Computer Science at the University of Ghana. She is super excited about meeting new people, and learning about Ghanian culture.


Mattie Haag, Paris, France

Mattie is a Junior in the College studying Government with a double minor in English and French. Originally from mattie-haagCleveland, Ohio but having grown up abroad in Turkey and the UAE, she fell in love with traveling early on and can’t wait to explore many new places while studying in France. At Georgetown, Mattie just ended her term as the President of the College Democrats and is involved in the Philodemic Society, GUSA, and MUN. In addition to the incredible history and culture to be found in Paris, she hopes to eat as much bread and cheese as possible and wow Parisians with her (hopefully rapidly improving) language skills.


Jesse Jacobs, Seville, Spain

Jesse Jacobs is a junior in the College, majoring in Government and double minoring in jesse-jacobsEconomics and Theology. On campus, he is a student manager at the Healey Family Student Center, news writer and Editorial Board member of the Hoya, member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Jewish Fraternity, serves as the Vice President of the Pre-Law Society, as Research Chair of the Georgetown Israel Alliance, and as an ESCAPE leader. This spring, he will be studying abroad at the Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Seville, Spain and will likely be found exploring the many religious prayer spaces found in the city or enjoying a churro near the river.


Alexis Larios, Bath, England

Alexis Larios is a Junior in the College studying English and Government. She will be alexis-lariosstudying abroad this Spring in Bath, England. On campus, she is a tutor at the Writing Center, a peer facilitator for A Different Dialogue, a music assistant for Campus Ministry, and is the co-chair of MEChA de Georgetown. In her “free” time, she enjoys eating ice cream and singing all of the lyrics to Hamilton. She is so excited to be in Bath this semester and to immerse herself in a new culture and meet new people.


Andrea Moneton, Beijing, China

Andrea is a junior in the SFS studying International Politics, with a minor in Chinese and a andrea-monetoncertificate in Jewish Civilization. She lives in New York City and hails from a French-American background, but China has captured her interests since she started learning Chinese in 2006. She is studying abroad in Beijing, China, participating in the ACC program at Minzu University. On campus, Andrea works at Uncommon Grounds and spent 2016 as Editor-in-Chief of The Caravel, Georgetown’s weekly international newspaper. She has been looking forward to studying abroad in China since before she even applied to college, and is most excited to experience Chinese New Year traditions first-hand.


Whitney Wantong, Cape Town, South Africawhitney-wantong

Whitney is a Junior in the College from New Jersey studying Justice & Peace and Math. While it may sound like an odd combination, she’s very interested in the intersection of social justice in STEM since they often come together in ways that can address disparities and inequalities. Some of Whitney’s other interests include writing, fitness, and watching TV. She’s is also interested in learning and all things related to art and creativity. In the future, she hopes to combine her majors to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.


Kevin Yuan, Tokyo, Japan

Kevin is a junior in the College majoring in Japanese and Economics and minoring in Yuan2016Mathematics. Originally from central Virginia, he will be spending the year studying through the Waseda University Global Leadership Fellows Program in Tokyo. As a Georgetown student, he has competed at tournaments as part of the Academic Quizbowl team, worked as an employee of Lau, and served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival. This will be his second time in Japan, and he is looking forward to exploring the country via bullet train, attending many festivals, and improving his Japanese skills while on a quest to become a regular at owl cafés.


Daniel Zager, Havana, Cuba

Dan Zager is a junior in the College is majoring in Justice and Peace Studies and minoring in Chemistry. He is proudly from Philadelphia, PA, and he hasn’t (yet) broken a bone in dan-zagerhis life. On campus, Dan organizes around labor justice with the Georgetown Solidarity Committee, serves as co-chair for programming in Prison Outreach, and facilitates dialogues about race with the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. In Havana, Dan hopes to study Marxist philosophy as well as explore Afro-Cuban art.

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