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Reflections from the 2021 Student Commencement Speaker

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Anthony Rini
Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) '21

When Anthony was looking to apply to graduate school, SAIS was recommended to him by a couple of his friends who were part of the school’s alumni community. But what really sold Anthony was the school’s strategic location in Washington DC and the ability to intern and work while he studied. Anthony believed that there was no substitute for the opportunities to work and network, and he was confident that SAIS would be able to provide this.

After enrolling in SAIS, Anthony’s graduate school experience proved to be very enriching. For one, he was able to secure two internships, one at the Council on Foreign Relation and the other at the US State Department, while he was studying. Both internships were important opportunities for Anthony to advance his expertise and build his network. Anthony also enjoyed attending nearly every event hosted by the SAIS Wargaming Club, founded by two of his classmates - Hannah Dennis and Zach Coles. He was also particularly grateful for his Pre-term experience because it allowed him the opportunity to meet classmates in advance of the academic year, many of whom would become his close friends at SAIS. This sometimes included school-hosted Friday happy hours, which were a great way to become better acquainted with his classmates.

After graduating from SAIS, Anthony first plans to relax for a bit after two years of school. Beyond that, he has been accepted as a Presidential Management Fellowship finalist; he credits SAIS for helping him secure the fellowship. If the opportunity allows, he plans to use the fellowship to join the US State Department.

To the Class of 2021, Anthony wishes everyone the best of luck on all their future endeavors and to remember to help each other out as much as possible!

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