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.”

"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."
- Darwin