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Sarah Friedmann '10, connected to the world around her through her international studies, French and communication studies majors and study abroad experience.

Top Alumna Uses International Studies to Leverage Grad School, Career Plans

When it comes to connecting with the world around her, Sarah Friedmann ‘10, makes no hesitations. She believes the future success of the world’s interconnectedness relies on immersion and education today. Her time at BW was no exception.

At Commencement, she received the Milton T. Baldwin Award in recognition for earning the highest cumulative grade point average (a perfect 4.0) among seniors. In addition, she was an Outstanding Senior, participated in over 15 campus organizations, studied abroad and in Washington, D.C., and completed three academic majors–international studies, French and communication studies.

“BW helped me identify my passions and gave me the tools to achieve future goals,” she said. “While there, I had incredible experiences and solid preparation for the future.”

Post-graduate success includes impressive fellowship
Friedmann spent a year as a City Hall Fellows, a program that places recent college graduates in year-long government-based fellowships. She was one of six fellows who spent a year working for the City of Baton Rouge, La.

While there, she worked for City-Parish’s Department of Finance. She initiated a long-term project to acquire a new financial and resource management system as well as worked on other key projects for the Mayor’s Office and City.

Dual-degree studies prepare her for leadership role
An advocate of creating positive societal change, Friedmann is currently a candidate for a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

Georgetown’s MSFS Program is ranked as the #1 International Relations Master’s Program in the U.S.

BW Shaped Perspectives, Helped Identify Passions
“Baldwin Wallace opened my eyes to the vast interconnectedness that exists between people, disciplines and places,” said Friedmann.

“The liberal arts nature of the College as well as the interdisciplinary nature of my studies helped me realize the incredible importance of evaluating all issues and problems from a variety of perspectives.

“I never dreamed it would be possible to do as many things as I did during my four years at BW:  studying abroad in Paris, interning in the U.S. Senate, presenting international relations papers at professional conferences, participating in the Harvard Model U.N. Conference, leading Student Senate, and more.”

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