Josianne Alwardi

Plan II Honors & International Relations

My third year at UT has been the most challenging yet most rewarding year yet. Thanks to my Dedman
stipend, I spent the summer in the 5th arrondissement in the heart of Paris, studying the roles of international organizations such as Amnesty International, UNESCO, the EU, and the UN as well as global topics in international relations. I spent plenty of blissful days on the Seine eating the best desserts and
delicacies, and then returned to UT for the fall semester, where I had the privilege of serving as the President of the Texas Mock Trial team. This year, I led my team to a top10 finish at the National Championship Tournament and helped secure over $20,000 in donations for my team. I also served as the Philanthropy Chair for the Arab Students Association, where I revamped the position by introducing semesterlong fundraising campaigns with lasting, international impacts, such as raising over a thousand dollars benefitting Syrians affected by the horrendous earthquake and cholera crisis.

This year, I worked as a TA for my favorite professor and role model, Professor Lee Walker, and guided
two groups of freshmen in semesterlong civic engagementoriented projects that aimed to identify and
enhance UT’s role in climate change and mental health. I studied for the LSAT for five intense months
and made the Dedman Scholars lounge my personal LSAT study lair. Though my academic interests
usually lay in Middle Eastern politics, terrorism, and law, this spring I broadened my scope by taking
Professor Smith’s “The Age of Rembrandt and Rubens: Northern Baroque Art” course, which molded me into a novice art critic. I look forward to spending a summer with family in Syria, in the most beautiful
village, alHawash, applying to law school, taking more art history classes, finally seeing the Lumineers in concert, and captaining a team for Texas Mock Trial.