My Top 5: Celsea Reeder

 Celsea Reeder, ‘20, has had many Top 5 list worthy moments during her time as a GWU student. From trying different foods to traveling out of the country, her list is packed with life-changing experiences.

  1. Studying abroad in Costa Rica during the Summer of 2017! With fellow GWU students, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense in Alajuela, Costa Rica. While there, I studied at university during the day and volunteered at a local veterinary clinic in the evenings. Working with the animals, learning Spanish, going white water rafting, zip lining, and living with a wonderful host family for an entire month made this experience memorable. 

  2.  Traveling to Cleveland, Ohio with Alpha Chi. As a part of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, I had the opportunity to present my original, academic research alongside other intelligent minds across the nation! This was a great experience because I was able to view other research projects, as well as build relationships with GWU Alpha Chi members.

  3. Being a part of FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians United in Service). Having been a member of FOCUS for two years and a leader this year, I have had the chance to minister to fellow GWU students, as well as travel to local churches to minister and share the love of Christ. The bond formed between FOCUS "families" is incredible, and I have enjoyed growing in Christ alongside fellow GWU peers.

  4. Octoberfest! For the past three years, I have volunteered at GWU's annual Octoberfest with various clubs, including Campus Civitan, HOSA, Sigma Zeta, and Tri-Beta. At this event, the clubs set up themed booths with games and candy for kids in the community to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed holding Augustus the tarantula this past year while dressed as a mad scientist, and Augustus seemed to be a favorite among the kids.

  5. "Try Something Different" events with the Honors Program. As part of the GWU Honors Program, I have enjoyed all of the many events that Honors has to offer, but have especially liked the TSD events where we go and try different types of food. I have traveled to eat Nepalese food, Afghan food, and even classic American food with an ice skating trip afterward. I love trying new things, and Honors has helped me to take a step outside of my comfort zone for sure.