Alumni Spotlight: Atul Menon

1. What are you doing now?

I am currently in my final year of graduate school.

2. If working, where are you working and what is your job title? Location?  (e.g. city if not in Doha)

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3. If in graduate school, what degree are you working on? School? Location?

I am pursuing the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I am majoring in Global Business and Finance.

4. If you’ve already earned a graduate or professional degree, what did you study? School? Location?

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5. How long did it take you to find your first paid job?  Where was it?  How did you stay motivated?

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6. Looking back, what were some of your “takeaways” from your GU-Q experience?

The experience at GUQ shaped my life. The diversity of the student body was unparalleled. I was also lucky to be on university trips to Timor-Leste, Vietnam, US-Mexico border and Florida.

7. What advice would you give to current undergraduates who may want to follow in your footsteps?

I advise undergraduates to take initiative and seize opportunities. I strongly believe that you have to make things happen for yourself; they do not automatically come to you. I would also advise students to look and think beyond the immediate Education City world (which is great!). Try to intern off-campus even if it's unpaid!

8. What are some of your proudest achievements so far?  Future plans?

Academically, I am proud to be studying and interacting with people from different walks of life. Being the youngest student in my program, I am privileged to rub shoulders with far more experienced individuals. Professionally, I have had some great experiences: I have worked at the World Bank and the Milken Institute this past summer. Currently, I am interning at the US Chamber of Commerce. At the same time, I am one of the lead musicians at a performing arts company based in DC.