Carolyn Barnett (SFS '09)
Carolyn Barnett (SFS ’09) has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship for 2010, which she will use to pursue an M.A. in Islamic Studies and an M.Sc. in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The Marshall Scholarship recognizes young Americans of high ability and links future American leaders to the United Kingdom by funding two years of graduate study at a university in the U.K.
It took leaving campus for me to better appreciate the things that make Georgetown unique.
Currently in Cairo on a Fulbright Scholarship, Carolyn is continuing her advanced studies of Arabic and doing research with an independent NGO focusing on women’s issues in Arab societies. Barnett excelled as an undergraduate student at SFS and was selected editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (GJIA) during her senior year. “The experience taught me a lot about foreign affairs and my own work ethic,” she remembers.
Carrie came to Washington from North Carolina in search of an education that would prepare her for a global career. “Georgetown’s location in D.C.—at the heart of the most important debates in national and international politics—made it the most attractive choice for me,” she says. But “it took leaving campus for me to better appreciate the things that make Georgetown unique,” Carrie reflects. “Whether it’s the Catholic and Jesuit identity—which influenced me even though I’m not Catholic—the constant orientation toward the global, or the commitment to rigorous, innovative, and practical scholarship, Georgetown is a place where people look beyond themselves and devote their resources to making an immediate difference in the world.”