Emily is a member of the Class of 2018, majoring in English with a minor in Gender Studies. She has ridden on the Equestrian Team all four years., and in the Fall of 2016, Emily studied abroad at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland.
While I was abroad, I was really able to push myself outside of my comfort zone. It’s so easy to get yourself into a safe routine and never go further than you need to, but while I was abroad, I felt like I was pushing myself every day. I had to make new friends, attend new classes, find my way around a strange city without Google Maps on my phone; and I did it. By the end of my four months in Ireland, I felt like I had grown more as a person than I had my first two years of college. I learned to be okay with going somewhere on my own, while also cherishing my time with new friends. Ireland and the Irish culture have grown so close to my heart, and I can only hope to one day be able to return.
Nina Black is a member of the class of 2020. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Asian studies, focusing on Mandarin language.
"Growing up in a multilingual and multicultural household has always inspired me to learn about other cultures. I think travel is the greatest investment that a person can make because you get an irreplaceable experience that stays with you forever. There's always another place to visit."
Tess Garraty is a member of the Class of 2017 and has a major in Psychology and a minor in Theater. She studied abroad at the University of Hull in England in the Fall of 2015, and has been involved with the Global Education Office ever since! Perhaps you’ve seen her onstage in one of WAC’s many theater productions, or out with Best Buddies, or with her sisters in Alpha Omicron Pi. Tess is a dedicated and passionate member of the Washington College community and we will miss her after she graduates, but wishes her all the best in her pursuit of a Master’s degree in England.
"Coming to Washington College, I never imagined how much the Global Education Office would do for me, and how much it would help me grow into who I am today. As a freshman here at WAC, I knew I wanted to study abroad so, me being the planner that I am, got right into figuring out the details. I left for the University of Hull in England for the fall semester of my junior year, and it was by far the most rewarding semester I have had, and helped me grow substantially as a person. While abroad, I was able to be completely independent, while also learning about a culture that, while we may think it is the same since we all speak English, was quite different. I came back to Washington College knowing more about myself, and more about the world as a whole. I had a new passion for spreading this increased knowledge of different cultures, and that is when I began to work for the Global Education Office, both as a student worker and an International Student Guide. These jobs have allowed me to meet amazing people from many different cultures. Putting together this year’s 4Corners was yet another chance to learn more about individual’s experiences with the world, and seeing just how important a global education is. Being an editor for 4Corners helped me grow as a global citizen, and I can only hope that it will do the same for all the readers"
Julia Jakus is a member of the Class off 2017 majoring in International Studies, seizing every opportunity Washington College has to see as much of the world as possible.
Julia played varsity soccer for three seasons, is an active member of Washington College’s Model UN chapter, and works for the Global Education Office as a student employee. She studied abroad at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey during the Spring of 2015 and again in the Spring of 2016, this time at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. During her semesters abroad, Julia was able to travel locally and to neighboring countries, gaining many rich, and long-lasting, friendships around the world. Julia has also participated in summer internships in both France and Tajikistan during the summers of 2015 and 2016, attended many international conferences, most recently in Moscow, Russia, and plans to earn her graduate degree overseas as well. Julia has a knack for all things creative, and is active writer and photographer, which is why she was thrilled to act as 4Corners’ Design Editor.