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Working Toward Career that Promotes Human Rights and Gender Equality

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Alisha Khadka
MAIR '22
1. What encouraged you to apply to SAIS?
I chose SAIS because it is one of the most prestigious and top graduate schools for international relations. It also has a fantastic global alumni network, exceptional faculties, interesting courses, and three global campuses. The requirement for two concentrations in international economics and one thematic specialization of choice was the most appealing feature for me. With a background in economics, I was able to continue broadening my knowledge in international economics while also pursuing another area of interest. Another reason for my interest in SAIS was the variety of capstone programs available to students. Finally, two of my good friends were also SAIS students, and they encouraged me to apply as well. All of these factors combined influenced my decision to apply to SAIS.

2. What were you doing before attending the school? 
Prior to SAIS, I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. After graduation, I took a road trip with my friends throughout the northeastern United States. Following my trip, I began applying to graduate schools while working at a small nonprofit organization called Helping Children Worldwide.

3. What program are you in and what do you hope to gain from it?
I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in international relations. I like the flexibility the concentration gives students because it allows us to take classes from a variety of concentrations taught by excellent professors. I believe this concentration will be extremely beneficial to my future career because it has provided me with knowledge in a wide range of fields.

4. What has been one of your favorite classes at the school so far? 
My favorite course definitely has to be Adjunct Professor of International Law Susanna Mancini’s Multiculturalism and the Human Rights of Women class. It was fascinating to learn about the relationship between gender equality and multiculturalism. The topics were lively and engaging, and the class was always interesting. If someone asks me for a class recommendation, I would absolutely recommend taking this one.

5. As a second year, what are some things you are looking forward to in your final semester?
I am looking forward to the Two Koreas: Research and Record study trip capstone course. One of the main reasons I chose to attend SAIS was the capstone program, and now being part of it has been exciting. The trip to South Korea will be an incredible way to finish my master's degree, but due to COVID and travel restrictions, simply participating in the practicum course will suffice.

6. What do you hope to do with your degree after you graduate?
Following graduation, I would love to work for a multilateral or nonprofit organization that promotes human rights and gender equality. Furthermore, I intend to continue my education and become the first person in my family to earn a doctorate. For the time being, I have no idea what the future holds. However, I am confident that earning a degree from SAIS will significantly shape my career path, move me closer to achieving my objectives, and equip me with the skills I need for professional growth.

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