Our fifth year is off to a terrific start with the arrival of our Fall 2013 cohort.
The numbers are impressive: our 24 students hail from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.
After presenting to former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty on Friday, our students had barely two hours to prep for their next assignment: defending their North Korea policy document recommendations at the State Department.
How would you make DC better?That is the question our students confronted in a new case study this week. After hearing an overview of DC’s political situation and key issues on Monday, the students formed four groups that each tackled one of the District’s thorniest issues: HIV/AIDS (DC faces an HIV epidemic), education (DC’s public school system is considered among the least effective in the country), urban development (DC’s rapid gentrification has created many growing pains), and statehood (DC has no Congressional representation and needs its budget approved by Congress).
Our students slept well this weekend after what was arguably the busiest week in SEGL history.
Our journey began on Sunday afternoon, when nearly 100 members of the SEGL community–students, graduates, parents, and friends–came together in our virtual classroom to watch Girl Rising, a compelling new documentary about educating girls around the world.
Reflection. In an age of smart phones, microwave ovens, and GPS guidance, reflection is increasingly a lost art. And yet, reflection–perhaps more than anything else–helps us discover who we are and who we want to be.
Attention all prospective students:
We are excited to announce our newly released 2013-2014 application for admission! All current sophomores are eligible to apply for our Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters (each with a Priority Application Deadline of February 15, 2013).
Since our first fall semester, SEGL has shared a traditional Thanksgiving feast on the last night before Thanksgiving break. It is a time to come together as a community, to reflect on the semester, to look toward the end of our time together, to celebrate the end of the year’s biggest stretch of school days without a break, and–of course–to eat.
Our third annual SEGL Homecoming Weekend was our best yet. But that doesn’t do justice to how memorable it was. Well over half of our graduates–including representatives from every SEGL class–along with parents, guest speakers, board members, and friends joined us.
Ambassador Mark Dybul, who visited SEGL this week for a Master Class, is the closest thing we’ve found to Socrates. His vast knowledge and enlightening questions consistently push students to the edge of their abilities, while his collegial manner and insightful encouragement help build their confidence.