Alexandra Kaiss is a junior and second year student at American University. A proud Baltimore native, Alex has grown to understand the importance of grassroots involvement, communication, and collaboration in efforts to create a better community. Through her travels to six continents, Alexandra has attempted to apply these lessons on the international scale in order to create lasting peace.
Though a second year majoring in the School of International Service at American University, Alex will be graduating a year early in the three-year BA Global Scholars program. Alongside these accelerated studies in international affairs, Alexandra is a member of the School of Public Affairs’ Leadership Program, which provides the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills in the form of a collaborative research project. Because of this program, Alex will also be graduating with a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
Alexandra also has a strong history in the arts, focusing on intensive studies of creative writing. Alexandra was chosen to be a student in the selective Literary Arts program at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where she graduated as a published author. Her senior year of high school was spent writing, editing, publicizing, and publishing Wayfaring, a memoir that is now available on Amazon.
Currently, Alex is continuing her writing through being the Editor-in-Chief of American University’s Literary Magazine and a reviewer for American University’s undergraduate international relations research journal, Clocks and Clouds. Alexandra is also the Director of External Affairs for the Washington International Relations Conference, where she seeks to remove barriers to Model United Nations participation. She is also the New Member Coordinator for American University’s Top 5 Model United Nations team, where she competes in and trains delegates to attend conferences around the continent. Off campus, Alexandra is an intern for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and works alongside the Advocacy team in promoting ethical immigration and refugee legislation.
Alex can be found traveling, wandering, writing, or watching good movies.