My name is Emmel El-Fiky, and I am a sophomore at William & Mary. Just to introduce myself a little, I am currently an as-of-right-now undeclared but almost-declared government and music double major, I’m the features editor for Rocket magazine, the philanthropy chair for the music sorority Nu Kappa Epsilon, a member of the classical guitar ensemble, and a middle school tutor through the Project Phoenix program. I’m a Sagittarius, my favorite color is any version of a color but darker, and I love flamingos. And of course, I’m so excited to take you along on this journey as I and a group of my peers embark on this experience in DC participating in the first-ever W&M DC Seminar specifically for spring break.
This year, the focus for this seminar is Foreign Policy: International Security, Development, and Commerce. Most of us participating are International Relations or Government majors, but not all, which is cool because we’ll be introduced to a lot of new perspectives on issues affecting many different sectors as we work together to understand what is going on in the world around us, and hypothesize solutions.
I, personally, decided to apply for this program because I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about foreign policy in the best possible city to do so. I’m from the DC area, but I’ve never experienced it in the way we’ll be able to because of this program. We’ll be meeting professionals who work in the fields of international security, development, and commerce, including some W&M alumni! We also have the chance to experience a few of the cultural aspects of DC as we live and work for a week in America’s capital.
Throughout this next week, (starting tomorrow!), I’ll be taking you along on this amazing opportunity through Washington, DC and sharing what I learn about foreign policy, and all the people we meet who work in that field, as we go! Stay tuned!
-Emmel El-Fiky ’19