A recent SM East International Baccalaureate graduate will get to put his global interest into practice this summer as part of a study program in Rwanda.
Fairway native and 2013 SM East grad Andrew McWard is one of eight students selected by Hendrix College to travel to the east African nation for a two week trip in May. On the trip, the Hendrix students and three of their professors will explore the makeup of modern Rwandan society, with a particular focus on the society’s development after the conflict of the 1990s.
McWard’s mother Christy credits a second grade learning module at Westwood View during which the students spent the year “traveling the world” by studying the cultures and countries near and far with sparking Andrew’s interest in global affairs. The IB program at SM East only helped expand those interests, she says.
Now, Andrew says, his interest in global affairs is so strong he’s considering a career that would take him abroad.
“I’m majoring in International Relations, and there are a lot of career possibilities,” he said. “As of right now, I’d say my dream job would be to work for the State Department in either the Civil Service or Foreign Service.”
On the trip, the students will visit sites throughout the country, where they will meet with community members, government officials, and non-government organization workers.