Osgood Students

Ming Jun Ou

China
Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy
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"The symposium provided me a brand new perspective to see the world. During the symposium I attended lectures given by experts, sharing their insights into foreign affairs, like the Euro-crisis. I learnt a lot and was deeply inspired by great ideas.

Apart from that the Osgood Center provided students the opportunities to visit Capitol Hill and embassies of different countries, which would surely enlarge visitors’ vision.

In the days in DC I met students from all around the globe and made new friends with them. This is a wonderful chance, for you and me, to enjoy and fulfill ourselves. I highly recommend this program to everyone.

ĂŤcaro Gama

Brazil
National Model UN
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"I had access to different people and culture, at the same time I made new friends and I am sure that now I have several homes in different parts of the world. I could discovered myself as a person with a role to play in the world, to care about what I could do to have a high impact around me and how I may contribute to the others too."

Yuki Onogi

Japan
Professional Development Program
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I was Program Associate to the Osgood Center for International Studies during the summer of 2010. My primary work was to attend various conferences and conduct personal interviews with professionals regarding my specializations including energy security of Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia (REES) and their neighbors, such as China, India, and the Middle East. As the final assignment, I wrote a twelve-page paper on the geopolitics of the Nabucco and South Stream pipelines, natural gas pipelines planned to go through the Balkans from the Caucasus to the EU, while bypassing Ukraine. Thanks to the Osgood Center, I became more knowledgeable and made another great step towards becoming a specialist in energy geopolitics and economics in the former Soviet states, the Balkans, and beyond these regions. It was also a good opportunity to be acquainted with numerous researchers and interns working on international affairs. This visit was definitely educational and meaningful for my future career. I highly recommend this program.

Cigdem Sert

Netherlands
International Business Conference
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What an amazing time did I have during the International Business Conference in Washington DC.

In a short matter of time I learned so much and I was privileged to get a lot of insights of many experts. I will never forget the experiences of visiting the IMF, the World Bank, the State Department, Chinese Embassy, The Washington Center, Unites States International Trade Commission and not to forget the Capitol Hill.

I met students from all around the world who added to the experience by bringing the flavors and colors of the rest of the world to Washington DC and shared their perspectives on issues discussed at the conference.

Every detail, including the hotel, was arranged very well. Thank you Osgood Center for this opportunity!

Tatum Enslin

George Washington University
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A Student's Perspective on Foreign Policy in DC

Justin Morris

USA
Leadership in a New Era
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My visit to Washington DC is one that will last a lifetime. I learned and experienced so much in the very short time I was there. The speakers for the Leadership program were very engaging and informative. The people I met in Washington were incredible individuals from different states, backgrounds, and educational goals. I witnessed history with my own eyes at the Inauguration of Barack Obama, which, I will be able to share with my future history students. Many of my peers select to travel abroad for January Term, but they truly missed out on this trip of a lifetime to our nation's capital. The Osgood Center has a very distinguished program in its

Stefanie Faith

USA
Leadership in a New Era 2009
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The leadership program was an experience I will never forget. I learned so much from the speakers we had and also met some amazing people from all over the world. I made friendships that I will keep for a long time and did it all in the amazing Washington, D.C.

Brett Savage

USA
Leadership in a New Era
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I learned so much from the guest speakers and different activities I took part in while at the conference. I will take my experiences I have gained from over the past 13 days with me for the rest of my life. Thanks again for letting me have such a fantastic opportunity.

YiJun Fan

China
International Business Conference (IBC)
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The International Business Conference provided me a distinct perspective about globalization not only by allowing me to brainstorm with several leading policy experts and economists, but also exposing me to institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and others. It was a wonderful learning experience, and I am grateful to the Osgood Center staff for providing such a enriching opportunity to students from around the globe.

Zach Walker

USA
America Decides
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As a graduate student working for a Master of Public Policy degree, I could not have been in a better place. Washington, DC is the hub of this nation's public policy work, and I didn't fully realize that until I was actually there in the middle of everything. I can't count how many articles I have had to read from the Brookings Institution, CSIS, or of course Congress. And I know that I have invested many free hours in watching CSPAN. To hear from senior fellows in these institutions and to be able to ask them questions in person is exponentially better than reading any article.

But just going to Washington didn't assure that I would have such an amazing experience. That's where the Osgood Center comes in. The people and places that the Osgood Center connects students to is simply amazing. Despite being a military officer, there is no chance that I would have been able to go to the Center for National Policy, where there was a mix of senior DOD officials, a senior correspondent from The Economist, and a group of Osgood students all in the same room. I was able to have a conversation with a senior Pentagon official about the future of energy use within the military. I don't know where else, or with any other group, that could happen.

In the course of one week, I made new friends while making connections that will enhance my career opportunities. I highly recommend Osgood Center programs to anyone who is interested in a career in public service.

Mohsine Bensaid

Morocco
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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The way the conference was structured allowed for lots of give-and-take, adopting the ritual model of communication. The cultural diversity created through the different cultural backgrounds the participants came from has actually made so much room for receiving and giving, learning as well as teaching. This was not merely fulfilled within the rooms in which the meetings were held, but even outside. The fact that the majority of the participants stayed in one dorm allowed for healthy, effective interaction amongst participants. Fernando Rubio, an Austin College student, revealed, "The greatest thing that I truly learned from this conference is how significant it is listening to others and how important it is to forge human relationships, especially with those coming from different cultures."

The participants had a chance to meet with top-level politicians, successful businessmen, and brilliant leaders. Presumably, the entire essence of the conference is about leadership. And to me, leadership is not about one, but about those around one. The participants had the opportunity to discuss the very meaning of leadership and ones of the many most current, burning issues with experienced leaders.

Alexis Reed

USA
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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The speakers/guests at the ILC were extremely motivational, and encouraged ILC students to learn more about leadership as well as themselves. Prior to the conference, I was under the impression that leaders of politics and corporations too often sacrificed their values and ethics in order to gain financial and/or political prowess; nevertheless, the speakers disproved these preconceived notions.

Unlike my counterparts from Texas, Morocco, and Pennsylvania, Turkmenistan, I have a lived in the Washington-Metro area for all of my life. However, I had spent most of my time "outside of the beltway," as they say, both literally and figuratively. After the ILC, I strongly desire to become deeply immersed in the culture that exists "inside the beltway," which, I feel, will help me immensely in my pursuit of the defense for international human rights.

Aanbar Hassan

Morocco
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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The ILC was a life-changing opportunity for me. The visits to the White House, the Congress and other government offices and think tanks were very educational. I certainly learned a lot in the two weeks I spent with Shelly and Gaya.

The aspect I enjoyed the most was the ability to interact with people who accomplished so much by just hard work and determination and now serve as role models for students like myself.

Szende Szabo

Romania
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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The ILC was definitely more than I expected. Besides the astonishing speakers that we had, I most enjoyed meeting my peers. Fascinating students, dedicated to breaking down the boundaries that cultures and traditions have imposed on us by being willing to engage into dialogue and listening to the other side on issues.

The ILC not only allows you to learn a lot about leadership, but it is also very creative by using Washington, DC, the heart of US politics and an ever-changing environment, as its classroom, providing students with unique experiences that are always relevant to the times we live in.

Thank you very much for this unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever, through which I not only learned about leadership, but all the fundamental values connected to it.

Abdelkarim Foulfaula

Morocco
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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The diversity characterizing the activities I took part in was something that has provided me with an ability to look at different things, and different issues from different perspectives.

During the conference, I had the chance to meet with different people including students and guest speakers from whom I learned a great deal. Attending this conference has resulted in improving my learning skills, both at the academic and the professional level, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the ILC.

James Trent

USA
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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This conference has taught me more about leadership than any study of historical figures or literature possibly could.

With Washington, DC as our classroom, we have learned life lessons from influential leaders in business and politics. We learned the principles that guided these leaders' decisions and ultimately led them to success.

The lectures from the Osgood board members had the most influence upon me. I think that now I am beginning to understand the relationship between humility and eventual respect, between admitting ignorance and eventual knowledge, and between empowering others and in turn raising oneself.

Mohamed Aboulhaya

Morocco
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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I was really fortunate to attend the International Leadership Conference. I am sure that the two weeks I spent interacting with peoples from different domains will serve as a conduit towards shaping my way ahead. More importantly, learning about leadership is an insightful experience I was always looking for. I enjoyed listening to the speakers and guests and learning about their own experiences and achievements. These individuals taught me the importance of self-reliance, determination, hard work, and resilience.

I consider my experience with the Osgood Center to be one of the best educational experiences I've ever had. I'm really thankful to the Osgood Center's staff, namely Dr. Williams and Gaya. My experience was great, and I'm looking forward to attending it again.

Maya Saryyeva

Turkmenistan
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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Attending the ILC was one of the most exciting events of the year because it exposed me to a number of opportunities in such an important and metropolitan city, like Washington DC. Giving students like me a chance to meet and communicate with some of the leading political and social figures was one of the most exciting parts of the conference. It is through discussions with those leaders, that I strengthened my inner drive for my personal and societal goals; and I am sure a number of students will concur with me on this matter. I also liked the fact that ILC underlined the importance of young generations from different parts of the world in breaking down personal and social barriers, and encouraging them to strive for their ambitions, no matter how great or challenging they are.

Loubna Arrach

Morocco
International Leadership Conference (ILC)
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The ILC taught me a lot about leadership not only by exposing me to prominent leaders and speakers, but also allowing a lot of interaction with my peers. One of my favorite features of the conference was that everyone was very accessible; we were able to participate by asking questions, commenting and receiving immediate feedback.

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