Former PA Ayanda Francis offers her best advice for surviving SIPA's macro and micro courses...and it's not what you're expecting.
Originally, Ayanda Francis had her sights set on the International Conflict Resolution Practicum. However, after hearing Professor Zachary Metz’s information session about the "Applied Peacebuilding" class during orientation week, she tossed away the idea that she knew what was best and jumped head first into a course that taught her the value of "standing still" for a change.
This semester the Office of Admissions welcomed three new Program Assistants (PAs) to the team. This week I'm introducing you to each of them in the form of self-interviews. It's ladies first, so say "hello" to Ayanda Francis. Ayanda worked as a was Fulbright ETA in Turkey, and after SIPA she plans to join the US Foreign Service. At SIPA, she has been involved in SIPA Students of Color as the former finance chair, Women in Peace and Security as the former Vice President, and has spent her summer in Timor-Leste with UN Women.
I'm chatting with two SIPA students -- Ayanda Francis, MIA '17, and Andrew Liu, MPA '17 -- about their time in the program this Friday. I hope you'll join us as it's your opportunity to ask them any questions you have about student life and the curriculum.