Claire Heydacker ’18

George Washington University
A challenging curriculum prepared Claire for life beyond George School.

How did George School prepare you for college?

At George School, I learned how to balance my studies with extracurricular activities, including tennis, French club, and theater. Since I was able to do all of this while choosing to overload my courses, I felt well prepared for the intense level of work required when I arrived at college. I have also found that the close connections between teachers and students at George School forged a level of confidence in communications that has served me well in my search for internships.

My George School IB and AP classes gave me credits towards my bachelor’s degree at GWU. This freed me up to follow my passion for languages with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in French. The credits, combined with summer course work, also helped me reach my goal of graduating a year early with my BA in International Affairs.

What sparked your interest in International Affairs?

My interest in International Affairs evolved along with my education. I attended an international school in France until the age of thirteen and was exposed to various languages and cultures. At George School, my Global Politics class drove me to a greater understanding of political dynamics. These same interests have continued to develop through my coursework for my bachelor’s degree.

More about Claire:

Claire will soon graduate George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs.  She has interned at the Office of Communications and Press at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, and with the Humanitarian Information Unit at the US Department of State. She plans to continue her studies in a master’s degree program in International Affairs.