Alumni Spotlight: Arwa Elsanosi

What are you doing now?

I'm working with children refugees in Sudan as a senior child protection assistant in UNHCR's Khartoum office.

How long did it take you to find your first job? 

It took me one month to get my first paid job after graduation. I worked as integrity and compliance coordinator in Total E&P Qatar. I stayed motivated through constantly applying and using every opportunity to network. It kept me focused and feeling like I am on the right track.

Looking back, what were some of your “takeaways” from your GU-Q experience?

The GU-Q experience was not only an educational one, Georgetown has developed me socially and exposed me to different fields. Once I found my interests, Georgetown provided me with opportunities relevant to my specific interests. Being the president of the Georgetown Debate Club, for example, prepared me to take leadership role in my career despite my young age.

What advice would you give to current undergraduates who may want to follow in your footsteps?

Be active and be involved. Both inside and outside of class. You might feel overwhelmed—but with good time management you will be able to achieve more than you initially set yourself to do. The professors are literally a treasure full of experience and advice; approach them, and don't hesitate to ask them.

What are some of your proudest achievements so far? Future plans?

I've been very active after graduation—I am the co-founder of "Words & Strings" in Qatar, a non-profit social initiative for the first spoken word and poetry platform in Qatar. Moreover, I got the chance to present a paper on women and agency in Oxford Symposium in 2015. My biggest achievement so far is being able to start my career in the humanitarian field. I plan to go to graduate school next year to pursue a master's in human rights.