Archive for February, 2009

The Benefits of Peer Advising

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

By Christina Sin

My name is Christina Sin and I am currently a senior majoring in International Affairs and Women’s Studies.  As a peer advisor for the past year and as a student who received an incredible amount of help from peer advisors in the past, I think one of the best aspects of the Elliott School is that we have a great peer advising system.  My first encounter with a peer advisor was during my sophomore year when I was trying to figure out how to expand my International Affairs major to also incorporate my love of the social sciences and humanities.  I ended up talking to a peer adviser for over 30 minutes trying to figure out whether I wanted to take classes on human rights or peace studies or anthropology.

Though the Elliott School academic advisors are a great resource, it was nice to be able to ask a peer for their opinion and talk more casually about what classes they loved at GW and and how to better enrich the college experience.  I definitely think that all students should talk to a peer advisor, whether it is in person at the Elliott School office or online (email or gchat Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Program

Friday, February 27th, 2009

By Jenny Schuch

My name is Jenny Schuch and I am a senior majoring in International Affairs with concentrations in Asia and Conflict & Security.  I am also involved with the Elliott School as a Peer Advisor and have worked as a staff assistant in the Office of Academic Advising and Student Services.  This semester I am writing my Elliott School Special Honors thesis through a new program called the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars.  When the Elliott School announced this new program for student research last fall, I was very excited about the opportunity to conduct my senior thesis through a structured program that offers incentives and advice.  It also adds a little prestige to student work. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Welcome to The E Street Beat!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Welcome!  This site is a portal into student life at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.  Our students constantly tell us fascinating stories about their experiences within the Elliott School, and The E Street Beat was created by the Office of Academic Advising and Student Services in order to share them with the wider Elliott School community.  All of our contributors are current students, and they share their perspectives and advice on how to get the most out of their time on E Street.

Our hope is that current students will find The E Street Beat a tremendous resource when searching for opportunities to enrich their Elliott School experience.  We hope, too, that alumni will reconnect with their own experience as students in the Elliott School, and that prospective students will gain a better perspective of student life as they decide to make the Elliott School their new home.

We hope that you will drop by often to read about the amazing things our students do!

If you have comments or questions, or would like to get involved with The E Street Beat as a contributor, please contact

Academic Advising 101

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

By Hayley Haldeman

Hey all!  My name is Hayley Haldeman.  I am the Head Peer Advisor for the Elliott School Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Services, which means that I help coordinate the Peer Advising program in the Elliott School.  Peer advising is a great resource, as it allows students to speak with Elliott School upperclassmen who have received basic training in academic advising and can offer advice based on their own experiences with Elliott School classes, internships, and study abroad. Read the rest of this entry ?

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