GMWS: Can you say a little bit about where you went to college, what you studied, and what you are doing now?
ES: I attended George Washington University in Washington, DC, where I got my Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in International Business. My major allowed me to study a number of languages—Spanish, Arabic, and Italian, which is something that I have always enjoyed, while also taking some more standard finance and strategy courses.
Since graduating college in 2013, I’ve been living with in DC with my girlfriend and working as a financial analyst for a commercial real estate company. My work enables me to have plenty of time for personal endeavors, like exploring DC’s neighborhoods and the surrounding region, maintaining a part-time commitment to running and exercise, and learning to make excellent homemade pizzas.
GM: How did Green Meadow prepare you for college and life? What were the best aspects of your time at Green Meadow? What do you think makes Green Meadow most unique or special?
ES: Green Meadow prepared me in a number of ways, but one aspect of my education that tends to reappear at work and in school is critical use of the English language in both speech and writing. Much of the GMWS faculty, not just the English teachers, articulate and synthesize thoughts with uncommon precision and intention. A lot of time is spent on refining communication abilities—of course this comes naturally to some people, but I took it for granted and only realized after some time away from GMWS the immense value of some basic communication skills.
What isn’t unique or special about this school? The highlights for me were all the extracurriculars: my exchange semester in Buenos Aires, hosting exchange students all throughout high school, the class plays, the class trips to Hermit Island, ME and Costa Rica, the senior projects, the opportunity to participate in the Helping Hands ‘Midnight Run’. These were all unique opportunities that were both enjoyable to remember and valuable to this day.
GM: What advice would you give to a parent or student considering GMWS, especially someone who thinks they might want to study in your field?
ES: One of the common objections that I heard when I attended GMWS for high school—the concern that the school is ‘different’, and therefore a risk to attend, because it may limit options after high school. You have to look no further than what current alumni are doing out in the world to see that there is a broad range of post-GMWS lives that can be lived. I’ve heard of, met, and read about (in The Bulletin) former GMWS students working in finance, government, theatre, music, education, fine arts, sports, and law.