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A Worldwide Education
With his globetrotting ways, Lewi Negede Lewi ’17 is putting the “international” front and center in his international studies major at Washington College.
Washington College has many well-traveled students, but Lewi Negede Lewi ’17 has to be among the most peripatetic of the bunch. A native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he has let very little Eastern Shore grass grow under his feet as he pursues his major in international studies, with a concentration in peace and conflict studies.
This fall, he’s abroad in London at the Hansard Society, where he’s studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He’s also participating in an internship in the U.K.’s Parliament, and researching and writing papers on British politics.
Previously, he studied abroad at Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy for a semester. A member of the International Studies Club at WAC, he was part of the Model UN team that went to the Security Council Simulation at Yale in October 2013, and he served on the International Education Committee in the fall of 2014.
“I want to continue my studies focusing on security studies and democracy in developing countries,” Lewi says. “The opportunity to be part of the international studies program at Washington College and especially the ability to be able to travel as a student has helped me expand my horizons and be able to clearly look forward to what I want to do in the future.”
Lewi, who had lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for three years before coming to Chestertown, found Washington College while searching for small colleges near Washington D.C. He was drawn here, he says, because of the school’s rich history and connection to the country’s past.
It was a jarring adjustment from the large international cities of his past to the small, rural environment here, but he says he has learned to love Chestertown so well that he calls it home and misses it every time he’s away.
“What I love most about Washington College and Chestertown in general are the people,” he says. “People are very warm and welcoming. They are eager to know your stories and are always happy to share theirs. In this regard, I am particularly grateful to the WC-ALL mentor program because it paired me with a family that truly was and remains a family away from home even when I am not in Washington College.”