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Valerie Bardhi

Class of 2015
Major/Minor: International Studies Peace and Conflict Studies African Studies

Campus Involvement
  • Student Assistant, Office of College Advancement
  • International Studies Council, Co-President
  • Amnesty International Club
  • International Relations Club
  • Rotaract
  • WC Voyager
  • The Washington Fund Phonathon


Hometown: Pocono Summit, PA

High School: Pocono Mountain West High School

What are you up to this summer? Studying on the Tanzania seminar for 2 weeks then conducting a 6 week internship with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors at a secondary school in Zanzibar. I will teach English at Zanzibar Commercial school and help with the girl’s debate team, an amazing opportunity that’s part of my African Studies Concentration. And of course meeting with and interviewing WC alumni in the Kansas City area through the Voyagers program!

Tell us about your study abroad and internship experiences. Through the Model UN program I have done extensive research on particular issues in preparation for the conferences I have participated in. For instance, last January I went to McGill University for a simulation of the 2008 Wall Street Financial Crisis and I represented Bank of America. Washington College provides so many opportunities for undergraduate research!

What’s your Sunday habit? Brunch at the dining hall for hours but then I have to study in the library into the late evening

What so far has been your favorite tradition or memory at WC? Birthday Ball; the décor is amazing and I love seeing alumni, faculty, staff and students all at one event. 

What should every student do before he or she graduates? Go to a club meeting or an event organized by a club or organization you are not a part of, open up your worldview!