Last week, I took my first trip as a member of the “G5.” The G5, or Group of 5, is what SIPA calls its adventures when it’s participating in admissions-related events with our peer schools. The other four schools are Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Princeton University, The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
During my first G5 trip of the season, we traveled across southern New England; making 10 stops in five days. Each location was at a different college or university, and featured a panel presentation by G5. It’s a great opportunity for students to meet with the world’s top five international affairs programs, without purchasing plane tickets. Basically, we gave mini-information sessions, with content from five different schools, and allowed students to ask questions about all of our programs at once. To say the least, it was stressful. We were always on the road (did I mention this was a road trip?), kept a tight schedule between travel and presentations, talked a lot about our programs, and still fit in time to complete our day-to-day office work in our hotels at night.
However, it was a great experience. We met a lot of interesting students from various backgrounds who were passionate about public service. And while they all didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do, they were taking the first steps to learn more about international affairs graduate schools and how to become stronger applicants.
While there was little room to enjoy New England (it’s fall after all), I did manage to take a few photos while we are out and about. (And I’m not going lie; they’re not the best photos in the world.) Enjoy!
If you’d like to meet the G5, we’ll be making stops in California and Pennsylvania over the next several weeks. Or, join us for a virtual information session, on Oct. 13, Nov. 24, and Dec. 8 at 12pm EST.