Not only have I been able to explore a vast array of topics—everything from peacemaking, to revolutionary and religious art—but the program has given me the unique opportunity to find classes I'm interested in and have them count for the program even if they haven't specifically been listed. As such, the academic freedom that the certificate program allows is unparalleled, and it makes for an incredibly rewarding experience.
Ultimately, however, the strength of the program lies in all the opportunities that can be found outside of the classroom: the wonderful professors who keep their doors open at all times, and the Berkley Center itself that is rife with academic and professional opportunities. My fellow REWA capstoners and I still consistently get together for wine and cheese two semesters later! As my Georgetown career draws to a close, I know that my experience has been made far richer by the research I've been able to conduct, and the relationships I've developed. I'm certainly going to miss it after graduation.