Peer Advisors

In addition to the advising you receive from the professional academic advisors, the Elliott School offers supplemental advising from Peer Advisors. 

Peer Advisors are students like you, who can provide useful insight into many aspects of academic life at the Elliott School and GW. 

What Peer Advisors do

Offering unique guidance based on special training and personal experiences, Peer Advisors can help you:

  • Navigate your way through the University
  • Learn and understand the curriculum
  • Complete your Four Year Plan assignment
  • Determine which courses and professors may be of particular interest to you
  • Complete Elliott School forms and applications
  • Find more information on internships and studying abroad

How Peer Advisors Can Help

In addition to discussing your academic concerns, please consider asking peer advisors questions like these:

  • What was the most beneficial advice you received about college?
  • What scared you most about starting college? How did you cope?
  • Did you make any big mistakes your freshman year? What would you do differently?
  • What was the best thing that happened to you freshman year?
  • What's the best way to make close friends?

Get to know our Peer Advisors

Caden Carver

Caden Carver

Year: Junior

Home: Baton Rouge, LA

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: International Economics

Minor: Business Administration, Music

Involvement: The GW Troubadours A Cappella, Sigma Iota Rho, Community Engagement Consulting

Elliott Language: Korean

Email: [email protected]

Amaeka Effiong

Amaeka Effiong

Year: Sophomore

Home: Okemos, MI

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: International Development

Minor: Journalism and Mass Communication

Involvement: WRGW District Radio, Women of Color Affinity, Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service (various volunteer events)

Elliott Language: French

Work Experience: Invisible Children, Jumpstart

Email: [email protected]

andrew fingeret

Andrew Fingeret

Year: Sophomore

Home: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentrations: International Politics, Asia

Minor: Chinese

Involvement: GW Fencing Team, GW College Democrats, GW STAR Tour Guide

Elliott Language: Chinese

Email: [email protected]

 

benjamin heidloff

Benjamin Heidloff

Year: Senior 

Home: Grayslake, IL

Major: B.S. International Affairs

Concentration: Security Policy

Minor: Geographic Information Systems

Involvement: GW Bands, The Petey Greene Program at GW, STAR Tour Guide

Elliott Language: Spanish

Internships: Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research; the US Securities and Exchange Commission

Email: [email protected]

sophia hirshfield

Sophia Hirshfield

Year: Junior

Home: Marlton, NJ

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: Global Public Health

Minor: Emergency Health Services

Involvement: Capital Peers, College Democrats, Federal Work-Study

Elliott Language: Spanish

Internships: Healthcare Leadership Council Health Policy Intern, Andy Kim for Congress Campaign

Email: [email protected]

janavi kanagasundaram

Janavi Kanagasundaram

Year: Sophomore

Home: Lansdale, PA

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: International Economics

Involvement: GW Undergraduate Review, South Asian Society, Administrative Assistant at GW Anthropology Department

Elliott Language(s): French, Arabic

Email: [email protected]

 

jovawn mcneil

Jovawn McNeil

Year: Sophomore

Home: Jamaica, Queens, NY

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: Conflict Resolution

Involvement: Student Association, College Dems, Moot Court, Nashman Center, Black Student Union

Elliott Language: French

Internships: Campaign Intern for Todd Kaminsky for New York State Senate, Campaign Intern for Charles Booker for Kentucky Senate, Intern at Peter and Associates Law offices, Intern for Honorable Sandra Roper 

Email: [email protected]

Sahra Merchant

Sahra Merchant

Year: Senior 

Home: Northbrook, IL

Major: B.A. International Affairs 

Concentration: Conflict Resolution 

Second Major: Arabic Studies

Involvement: Sigma Kappa, GW College Democrats 

Elliott Language: Arabic 

Internships: Camp Teaching Intern atGirlForward, Development Intern at Giffords, Administrative Support Intern at Paul Hastings LLP 

Email: [email protected]

Rebecca Radle

Rebecca Radle

Year: Senior

Home: Cupertino, CA

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: Security Policy

Involvement: GW Club Gymnastics, Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program, She's the First, MLK Day of Service

Elliott Language: French

Work Experience: CA State Assembly (Assemblymember Evan Low), U.S. Senate (Senator Tammy Duckworth), Truth Initiative, Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Email: [email protected]

 

Hagan Leeds Richman

Hagan Leeds Richman

Year: Sophomore 

Home: Akron, OH

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: International Environmental Studies

Minors: Sustainability and Hebrew

Involvement: STAR Tour Guide, GW Club Ultimate Frisbee

Elliott Language: Hebrew

Internships: GW Hillel Undergraduate Engagement Intern

Email: [email protected]

shivanka ruhela

Shivanka Ruhela

Year: Junior 

Home: Shrewsbury, MA

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: Security Policy

Minor: Geographic Information Systems

Involvement: GW Strategic Crisis Simulations, GW Camp Kesem, and Club Softball

Elliott Language: French

Internships: Praescient Analytics, Eurasia Center

Email: [email protected]

Sanjana Shashikumar

Sanjana Shashikumar

Year: Junior

Home: Harriman, NY

Major: B.A. International Affairs

Concentration: International Development and International Economics 

Minor: Spanish 

Involvement: GW Housing Resident Advisor, The GW Store 

Elliott Language: Spanish

Internships: Legislative Intern to U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle (NY-25)

Email: [email protected]

 

Anthony Vetrano

Anthony Vetrano

Year: Senior

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Major: B.A. in International Affairs

Concentration: International Politics

Minor: History

Involvement: Generic Theatre Company, Forbidden Planet Productions, Sigma Iota Rho, STAR Tour Guide, Resident Advisor, Former Colonial Cabinet Member/Orientation Leader

Email: [email protected]

Talia Zelle

Talia Zelle

Year: Junior

Home: Canton, OH

Majors: B.A. International Affairs and Political Science

Concentration: Security Policy

Program: University Honors Program

Involvement: The First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Capital Chapter of Silver Wings: 2020-2021 President, Fall 2019 Development Officer; Women in International Security – GWU: Fall 2019 Co-Director of Programming and Events; The Voice Gospel Choir; Bipartisan Women’s Supper Club; International Affairs Society

Elliott Language: Spanish

Internships: Research Intern at The Roosevelt Group

Email: [email protected]