CCAS Graduates Reminisce on GW Experience

From top left to bottom right: Kalyn Womack, Hannah Sturgis, Sydney Hamilton, Ujwal Kumar, Elizabeth Mintz, Claire Kalala
May 12, 2021

Bonding with classmates, interacting with Nobel Prize winners, collaborating with professors, realizing all they had learned in final-year projects are among the fondest memories for Columbian College undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees in 2021.  

Graduates' Fondest Memories

 

Sydney Hamilton

 

Sydney Hamilton

In my two years of being a [graduate] student at GW, some of my fondest memories have stemmed from being involved in the Trachtenberg School’s student-run policy journal, Policy Perspectives. Being involved with Policy Perspectives—first as a writer for the blog, and now as the editor-in-chief of the print journal—has allowed me to meet and form friendships with students just as passionate as I am about public policy. Even better, the students involved in Policy Perspectives are focused on solutions that improve our nation and world.”  

 

Claire Kalala

 

Claire Kalala 

“My fondest memory is working with my peers and professors in the Art Therapy Program on an anti-racism and anti-oppression statement, advocating for self-reflection and change in our program and field. Responding to the tragic loss of Black life at the hands of police, it was powerful to witness our commitment to this growth process, even when it became difficult. With creativity, responsibility and accountability, we stood together in support of an art therapy community where we all belong.”

Ujwal Kumar

 

Ujwal Kumar

“My fondest memory at GW has to be travelling to Rhode Island with the Society of Physics Students. Not only were we able to interact with Nobel Prize winners and leading innovators across the world, but we also got to create life-long bonds and represent our university at the largest physics conference in the United States. Playing intramural soccer and volleyball at GW was also a very close choice for my fondest memory.”

 

Hannah Sturgis

 

Hannah Sturgis

“I have had many amazing moments as a Corcoran student, but each performance, class and rehearsal culminate into the moment that I will always carry with me. The presentation of my senior thesis film ‘Blood Real Red,‘ which I wrote and starred in, was a surreal night (spent on Zoom), and I realized all of my hard work over the past four years had finally manifested into a work that I am truly proud of.”

 

Elizabeth Mintz

 

Elizabeth Mintz

“My fondest GW memories are the ‘in-between moments.’ My time is filled with amazing guest speakers joining classes and attending events across the city. GW has given me more opportunities than I ever thought possible. But the times I’ll look back on most frequently will be the memories made attending professors’ office hours, during late-night study sessions and group project meetings and in the few minutes chatting with my peers before class begins.”

Kalyn Womack

 

Kalyn Womack 

“First Night was my fondest memory at GW. I was a first-year student, just departing from my hysterically sobbing mother, sitting in my dorm across from a stranger I had to live with for the rest of the year. It is my favorite memory because it was the most precious moment of exploring a new environment with new people but also the last moment I was that version of me. I like to think of how proud she would be of me now.”