Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How To Meet SAIS Alumni "Around The World"

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions has made it easy for prospective students to meet our accomplished alumni in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, in designated locations throughout the United States and abroad.

Our graduates have studied at our campuses in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China, and now have influential careers in the public, private, non-profit, and multilateral sectors which shape and define world affairs. Take this opportunity to do further research on Johns Hopkins SAIS and learn why our alumni chose to study economics, politics, security, and diplomacy at one of the most prestigious graduate schools of international affairs. Come hear how they pursued their passion, the great moments and talented friends they still cherish, the classes and faculty that transformed their outlook on the world and the strategies that helped them land a successful career in today’s global environment.

Some of this year's destinations include:
Abuja, Nigeria
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bangkok, Thailand
Boston, MA, United States
Geneva, Switzerland
Jakarta, Indonesia
Johannesburg, South Africa
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
Miami, FL, United States
Nairobi, Kenya
New York, NY, United States
Paris, France
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
San Francisco, CA, United States
Seattle, WA, United States
Seoul, South Korea
Taipei, Taiwan
Tokyo, Japan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sign up for an “Around the World” meeting here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Office Closure: Memorial Day

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admissions wishes you a happy Memorial Day! Our office will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, May 31

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Student Profile: Maria-Alexandra Martin

Name:  Maria-Alexandra Martin
Program/Class: MA 2016
Concentration: International Economics and Conflict Management
Hometown: Timisoara (Romania)

When considering graduate school, what was appealing about SAIS?
The decision to return to academia and pursue a graduate program was though, I admit, considering that I was already working for several years. I considered SAIS for three reasons. Firstly, it offers a concentration in Conflict Management, which is very much aligned with my career goals and my professional background. Secondly, the program has a strong economic component. For a person without an econ background, working on post-conflict recovery and state building, it gave me the chance to better understand why and how certain policies work or do not work in fragile environments. Last, but not least, the program is well-known and highly appreciated by practitioners in the IR field. The alumni network is incredible and scattered all over the world, creating a strong sense of SAIS identity. When I took the final call and chose the program I will enroll in, these criteria were decisive.

Can you tell us about your concentration, and why you chose it?
As mentioned, I am a Conflict Management Concentrator, with a minor in European and Eurasian Studies. Prior to joining SAIS, I have worked for the European Union External Action Service in Georgia for almost 3 years. My field experience was rewarding and enriching, but I felt the need to link the developments on the ground with the geostrategic framework. And I could not find a better fit to build on my expertise. At SAIS I am able to challenge the conventional wisdom, bring in new and innovative perspectives, engage in constructive debates with my professors and my peers and configure my own professional trajectory.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
After graduation I plan to continue my work in post-conflict stabilization and state building. I am particularly interested in Eurasia region: Ukraine, Moldova, Russia and the Caucasus. I am currently job-hunting and targeting positions with the international organizations such as NATO, OSCE, the World Bank or the UN. And most probably, I will return to field work for another five years. I leave SAIS much richer than I ever imagined. I am more inspired, committed and driven to make sure that women and men, children and elderlies around the world will suffer less because of armed conflicts. I better understand why international responses are delivering mixed outcomes and what can be adjusted in this regard. I am able to analyze a problem from multiple angles and craft complex solutions. I also have an important network of peers, professors and young professionals. With them I will work to ensure that sustainable peace around the world becomes our daily reality; inequality gaps are shrinking due to inclusive economic models; every child goes to school; and gender equality is not just a catchy campaign headline.

What is some advice you would give to someone considering applying to a program like SAIS?
SAIS is offering a solid framework to learn and experience. But it is up to each student to find her/his own way to make the best out of the chosen program. Personally, I knew well in advance what classes I will take, what activities I want to get involved in, the projects I’d like to run. It was easier for me to follow a red line that leads to a certain professional objective. But I’d say the following: study one year in Bologna at SAIS Europe, be open to opportunities, they might take you to unchartered territories, and be prepared to work hard, it will pay off; think of SAIS as your lifelong laissez-passer.

What do you see as beneficial about studying in Bologna and DC?
I do encourage everyone to study one year in Bologna. You will experience a different approach, more euro-centric. You will understand how things work in Brussels, Geneva, Berlin or London (and believe me, it is different from DC). There are a couple of professors that you will not have the pleasure to meet here, such as Prof. Harper, Prof. Kuhne, Prof. Vendrell, Prof. Hedberg, or Prof. Mayer (look them up). And the Bolognesi are known in DC campus for their close friendships and their Bologna-bonding (discovering Italy together is indeed very special). In DC you will be much more focused on studying, interning, finding a job. The quality of your personal relations will be different. It is a permanent race against time that is very similar to real life. Having experienced both campuses, you will feel much more comfortable in new instances and will easily adapt to future professional challenges and requirements.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Career Services at SAIS: San Francisco Energy Career Trek 2015

Each year, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Career Services organizes more than 10 sector-focused treks to Asia, Europe, and North America, where students meet a number of employers and alumni. This week, the SAIS Energy & Environment Club trekked through San Francisco, stopping by Bloomberg New Energy Finance with SAIS Alum Rob Glen.

In past years, the SAIS Office of Career Services has helped students in various Career Clubs coordinate treks to other destinations, including Beijing, Brussels London, Geneva, New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. For more information about SAIS Global Career Treks, please click here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Congratulations To Our New Graduates!

Johns Hopkins SAIS celebrated its 2016 Commencement on May 19 with keynote speaker Ambassador Wendy Sherman at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, followed by a reception at Arena Stage. For the full photo album, click here.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Reminder: Live Stream Today's Commencement Ceremony

To those of you who can't make it to Washington to watch your SAISer cross the stage: you can still be a part of the ceremony. Stream it live here, beginning 11:00 AM EST.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Atishay, What Was Your First Day At SAIS Like?

Program/Class: MA 2017
Concentration: Energy, Resources and Environment
Hometown: New Delhi, India

What was the first day at SAIS like for you?
Sitting 7500 miles away in New Delhi, I had mentally rehearsed the first day at SAIS a thousand times. It was even better. It started with a community activity in a nearby neighborhood. It was a great way to familiarize myself with the nation’s capital. which is when I met some incredible fellow SAISers and got to know Washington DC better.

What were you doing prior to SAIS, and what prompted you to apply?
I was working with the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, where I worked in disaster and conflict affected areas. During my mission to the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan, I saw what devastation extreme weather and climate change can bring. I wanted to work on issues that would reduce the vulnerability of communities to climate change, in other words, make communities climate-resilient. Coming from a qualitative and humanitarian background, I needed the complementary quantitative skills that would help me understand how can resources be mustered to make this happen. I tracked the trajectory of successful development professionals working in this area and all roads led to SAIS. Another reason was Dr. Kent Calder of the East Asia Studies. I had read one of his books in 2003 that ended up shaping my career in International Affairs. To my absolute delight, it turned out that Dr. Calder was teaching at SAIS. Even before the school started, I went to meet him and pay my regards.

How did you react when you received your offer of admission?
SAIS was my dream school. I had received offers from other schools but was really nervous about SAIS. More than me, my wife was more anxious, as she had worked with me day and night on the application process for almost a year. It was around 1:30 am when I read the words “Congratulations…”, I re-read the email at least 10 times, and scrutinized each word, even checked the authenticity of it, to make sure it had finally happened. Everything fell into place. It was a big step closer to my goal, of coming to Washington DC, getting the skills at SAIS and coming out with a community of brilliant individuals, faculty and tools to address the problems that started it all.

What is your favorite SAIS memory so far?
Memories are in the making. What will remain edged is walking into the most crowded place in DC on a Sunday afternoon. No it is not a brunch place. It is our SAIS library. Some of my best friends at SAIS started off as library-buddies. On a more serious note, it has been listening to the CEO of Sony Entertainment on the Sony hacks. It was an amazing mix of entertainment, economics and geopolitics – the last thing you would expect from Hollywood and so what you would expect from a school like SAIS.

How do you think you’ve matured since beginning at SAIS?
SAIS has widened my range immensely in terms of the phenomenal backgrounds, experience and cultures of students, the interaction between economics and almost every possible issue of global significance, and the skills to decipher some of these challenges. This is what I came to SAIS for. I had an understanding of the problems but was lacking the tools to approach their solutions. And it has just been one year.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

SAIS Graduation Ceremony Awards 2016

Each year, the Office of Student Life recognizes one faculty member and four students for their distinguished service and outstanding academic achievement. With Commencement Day being one week from today, we wanted to provide a quick overview of the  awards for those who may be unfamiliar:

Cory Bullock, 2015 William C. Foster Award recipient
The Max M. Fisher Prize
The Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching was established in 2007 by the family of Max Fisher as a tribute to his life and his abiding interest in international affairs. The Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching is presented at commencement each year to one professor selected by the students of SAIS.

2016 Recipient:
Mark White

William C. Foster Award
This award is given annually during Commencement to a graduating student for sound scholarship and a record of leadership and distinguished service to SAIS that is exemplary of the qualities of integrity, loyalty and ability admired by Mr. Foster.

2016 Recipients:
Lorena Americano Valente
Sheimaliz Glover

Chrisitian A Herter Award
This award goes to a member of the second-year class with the most outstanding academic record during the first three semesters. It goes to the graduating MA student(s) with the highest cumulative GPAs going into the spring term.

2016 Recipients:
Elizabeth Knowles Parker-Magyar
Jenna H. Spinks

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Student Profile: Patrick Molloy

For this week's student profile, we sat down with Patrick Molloy, a second year MA student born and raised in Dublin. Prior to joining the SAIS community Patrick studied Politics and History at the University College Dublin.

Program/Class: MA 2016
Concentration: Energy, Resources, & Environment
Hometown: Dublin

When considering graduate school, what was appealing about SAIS?

The international nature of SAIS and the diversity of students backgrounds was a very big positive. It’s wonderful to have people in your classroom who have a personal understanding or a professional experience relating to the coursework you’re studying. You deal with some great professors with great experience. Overall there are fantastic opportunities to get tangible insights into what is really happening in the your areas of interest.

What has been your favorite SAIS course so far, and why?
Renewable Energy: Markets, technologies, projects was probably my favorite course so far. It gave us great understanding of the challenges of developing energy infrastructure as well as giving us tangible skills to understand how these decisions are made. It forced us to look at what we could practically achieve and how we could adapt to various challenges that the energy sector was facing in incorporating renewable energy into the energy mix.

Can you tell us about your concentration, and why you chose it?
I was always really interested in energy and how countries were going to adapt and adjust to the changing expectations around CO2 emissions and sustainable energy. Having and ERE concentration allowed me to really explore the areas around this and to learn the role of policy and business decision making in these fields.

What are some other activities you're involved in at SAIS?
This year I participated in the annual crisis simulation. It was a fantastic experience and gave a great account of the challenges decision makers have with limited information and limited time. It was a great to meet more of my classmates from other concentrations and  it was a great way to see the value of each perspective in action.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I want to get involved in energy and infrastructure development or finance. SAIS has allowed me to take a number of great classes in this field, as well as allowing me to meet alumni who are working in the field.

What do you see as beneficial about the opportunity to study in Bologna and Washington?
Bologna is a life experience. You have some limitation on classes but you also get the opportunity to take classes that are different than what is offered in DC. You also have the benefit of living in Italy and being able to travel all around Europe very easily. You have the opportunity to experience a different pace and style of life with a lot of fantastic interesting people.

Did you have any exposure to the global SAIS Network prior to coming to SAIS?
One of my friends from undergrad went to SAIS before I came. It was great because I got the opportunity to meet people who were doing the kind of work I was interested in getting involved in. It also gave me a real sense of what SAIS was about and the amazing people you meet.

Monday, May 2, 2016

You've Accepted Your Offer of Admission, Now What?

For the Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions team, today is a day to celebrate. After months of combing through some very impressive statements of purpose, transcripts, test scores, and recommendations, we extended offers of admission to the candidates we believed would bring academic, professional, and social diversity to to the SAIS community. For those of you who accepted our offer, welcome to SAIS! Please find resources that will now be available to you below.

In the second week of May, you will receive a Johns Hopkins University email address and identification number. This email address will be used to log in to the matriculation portal, and will be the new email address SAIS uses to communicate with you. You can also use this email address to log in to the Off-Campus Student Housing website.

The Matriculated Student Portal
The Matriculated Student Portal is the one stop shop for enrollment information. The online portal includes a checklist to complete prior to enrolling at SAIS, as well information on orientation, registration, student services, financial aid, and billing. You will receive access to the matriculated student portal in the second week of May, and will need to use your JHED ID to log in.

The Class of 2018 Facebook Group
Much like the admitted student Facebook group, this group will be a space for you to connect with your future classmates. This time around though, the group will be exclusive to students who have officially accepted our offer of admission and will be moderated by the Office of Student Life. The Office of Student Life will email the invite link to you no later than May 20.

Up Next:
Getting To Know Your Classmates Pt. 1: International Representation in the Class of 2018