Courtney Flynn, Class of 2017
I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York but began my undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2010. There I double majored in German and Classical Studies, graduating in 2014. In the spring of my sophomore year I spent a semester studying in Vienna, Austria, where I first became interested in international affairs. After graduation I spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright grant teaching English at a secondary school in Thuringia. While in Germany I partnered with the US Consulate in Leipzig as a part of the Meet US Program, involving Americans living in Germany visiting German schools in an attempt to depict an accurate picture of life in the US and promote cultural exchange.
I was attracted to the MAGES program because of its broad European scope and the possibility to maintain a focus on Germany, my primary area of interest. The interdisciplinary approach to MAGES is something I appreciate because it gives students a foundation of knowledge from which to base their individual concentrations. Public diplomacy is something I am very interested in, particularly through cultural and educational exchange programs. To foster this interest I am pursuing the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. For more information about the certificates available at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, click here. I am currently working as a Research Assistant and would ideally like to pursue a career in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Department of State.