MBS junior Caroline Hepp ’22 recently returned to campus after spending the fall semester in Washington, D.C., where she was one of just 24 students to participate in the highly selective School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) program.
“I first learned about the program from a family friend who participated in it and loved it,” said Caroline. “I’ve never been a very political person, but I always enjoyed my discussion-based classes at MBS, particularly English and history. I always wanted to do a semester away, and after looking at their website, I thought it was a good fit.”
The School for Ethics and Global Leadership provides students with a unique curriculum emphasizing ethical thinking skills, leadership development, and international affairs. In addition to her core classes, Caroline explored weekly case studies on a variety of topics including: the response to the death of George Floyd, climate change, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Each case study included several guest speakers, who spoke about the topic from a different perspective,” said Caroline. “Hearing from several different sides really helped me hone my critical thinking skills and challenge my assumptions. I also developed my skills as a listener and learned how to have productive discussions with people.”
As part of the program, Caroline participated in a “master class” with former White House speechwriter Lissa Muscatine, embarked on “Saturday Academy” trips to Washington D.C. memorials and other sites, and presented a capstone project at the Mexican Embassy about drug cartels.
“Before I enrolled in the program, I thought I may want to pursue law, but now I’m considering government,” said Caroline, who would also like to further her interest by taking the U.S. Politics elective with MBS teachers Kate Muttick ’97 and Joe Locandro next fall.
“I loved my experience. It’s a really great program and it was so valuable to live in Washington, D.C. for a semester,” she said. “I would highly recommend this program to any MBS student who is thinking of applying.”