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Home Issue No 45 | Summer Quarter | August/September 2010

 

Student of the Month

Christopher Lilyblad - Luxembourg

Christopher Lilyblad with former President, Bill Clinton.

Christopher Lilyblad was born in Luxembourg and attended Green River Community College from 2006-2007. He transferred to the University of Washington where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Magna Cum Laude, in December 2009. As an undergraduate, Chris studied abroad in Vietnam and in Egypt. In addition, he worked as a Program Ambassador for a US Department of State program at GRCC and for Unicef in Luxembourg.

“I first came to Green River in hopes of attaining a basketball scholarship. However, as I began exploring the diverse academic offerings at Green River, my professors and the Green River staff inspired me to shift my focus towards academia and public service. I became increasingly interested in global affairs and collective issues that transcend boundaries.”

After graduating from UW, Chris worked as an intern in the Executive Office of President Clinton at the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York, an organization that aims to improve sustainable human development, environmental problems, and a variety of other global issues. Chris describes his internship as “a truly an amazing experience that I will cherish and benefit from for the rest of my life.”

Chris will attend the University of Oxford for a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy this coming fall. In the meantime, he is doing recruiting for Green River in Europe. “Green River provided me with the necessary tools and turning point to commence this journey in the field of international affairs."

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