MSFS Open House for Admitted Students a Success
Film by Kaveri Marathe (MSFS '13)
Article by Mark Fleming (MSFS '13)
Nearly 60 admitted students joined current Master of Science in Foreign Service students, faculty, staff and alumni on April 12 for a day of events that highlighted academics, student life and what to expect at Georgetown MSFS.
Several international students – many of whom were already in Washington-- and others from Canada, Mexico and even Japan – participated in the events. In addition to the official MSFS Open House at Georgetown, MSFS alumni spearheaded outreach to admitted students in New York, San Francisco and Turkey.
The Open House gave admitted students the opportunity to interact with current MSFS students – with whom they were paired for lunchtime chats – and hear about the academics, career services and financial aid available.??“It’s always humbling to hear from the students because of the experiences they have had and what they did before coming here,” MSFS Director Anthony Clark Arend said. “It’s much more alive than when we see it on a piece of paper,” Arend added.
MSFS Admitted Students Gather to Meet with Current Students, Faculty, and Alumni.
This year included several new sessions, most notably the new Introduction to MSFS section. During the Introduction, MSFS faculty spoke about what role their courses play in the MSFS curriculum. It gave students additional time to interact with faculty.
The Open House also gave incoming international students a chance to speak to current international student about issues that will affect them, such as visas, housing, jobs, taxes and adjusting to student life at an American university. “I tried to highlight two things: that international students are treated the same, and that there is no need to feel afraid,” international student panel speaker Jannik Fahlisch (MSFS ’12), from Germany, said.??In addition to meeting current MSFS students, admitted students heard from several alumni about their MSFS experiences and how they have affected what they have done since MSFS. “Usually you thank people for being on a discussion panel, but they were thanking us for the opportunity to come back and speak to the students,” Director of Admissions Tara Campbell said.
The alumni-student interaction, Arend felt, was an important part of the day since it strengthened the MSFS community. “It’s a way to get our alums connected to new students,” he said.
After another successful Open House, MSFS will survey attendees to be sure that the programs best serve the needs of the students and make adjustments accordingly, such as adding the Introduction section this year. “We’ve been doing this forever, and I think it gets better and better,” Arend said.
MSFS received nearly 900 applications this year, falling within the usual range of 800 to 1000. Admissions typically accepts 25 to 30 percent of applicants. On the international side, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, are well-represented with 5-7 students per country admitted to the class of 2014.