Gianna Englert (AGI10)

englert-a.jpg“When I entered the Graduate Institute, I expected that the books I would read over the next two years would fundamentally change my way of thinking, but I underestimated just how much I would gain from my fellow students. Something truly unique happens around a seminar table when students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives come together to discuss a common text. I gained a better understanding of myself—my opinions, prejudices, and ideas—from listening and conversing with so many thoughtful people, and from questioning my own assumptions. Now as a PhD student in political theory, I find that this constant questioning allows me to approach my research from a position defined by asking the right questions rather than looking for the right answers.”