Dear Elliott School students,
Welcome back! For those of you who are new to the Elliott School, we welcome you and look forward to getting to know you.
Over the past few days, I have been excited to see many of you return to campus. Elliott School students are some of the most talented, enthusiastic and service-oriented students I have met. And I am reminded that international affairs practitioners are a special breed. They are problem solvers, bridge-builders; they care deeply about the state of the world, and seek to find solutions to global challenges.
Many of you chose the Elliott School with the ultimate goal of a career in public service, possibly in the diplomatic corps or in the policy world. Others of you will find fulfillment in the private sector and, hopefully, use your financial success to the benefit of others. This week on Saturday, September 8, the George Washington University will host the tenth annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event. I encourage all of you to participate. Find a cause that you feel passionate about and give your time and energy in support of it. Gandhi once said that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.
You have the power to change the world. We are here to help you figure out how. Have a wonderful academic year and remember that you are part of an inclusive and diverse community of learners. We here to support you, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Good luck and welcome home!
Reuben E. Brigety II, PhD, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)
Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs