Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Alumni: an invaluable resource for SAIS students

SAIS's network of alumni stretches far and wide.

Alumni are a valuable resource for students looking for advice, mentoring and even a cup of tea.

Amb. Abercrombie-Winstanley flanked by
Dziadkowiec (l) and Evans (r)
Over last week's spring break SAIS Bologna students Evan Davis and Tom Dziadkowiec traveled to Malta where they learned about the Mediterranean archipelago and met a prominent alumna. Below is an account of the trip by Davis, who is on a Thomas R. Pickering fellowship for students interested in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Each year as the weather turns warmer and mid-term exams wind down, students keen to make the most out of Bologna's location turn their sights to traveling over spring break. Last week Tom and I traveled to Malta.

We toured the country, learned about the local culture and history, and tasted some of the local cuisine. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting SAIS alumna Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (DC84), who is U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta.

The ambassador graciously hosted us at her home. After a brief tour of the official residence, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley sat down with the two of us over tea to discuss her career as a Foreign Service Officer and her time at SAIS.

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