Name: Genevieve Goulding, '07
Major: Rhetoric and Communication Studies
International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy
Academics: University Scholar
Quest Scholar
Activities: Carver Promise volunteer
VCC Refugee Resettlement Service volunteer
Women's Rugby
United States Pony Club
Foreign correspondent for The Collegian

After Richmond, what’s next?

I will be a visiting researcher at L’Institute de Sciences-Politiques in Paris, France. I will study the consequences of recent restrictions placed on asylum seekers in France, as well as the effectiveness of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s response to advocate on behalf of those seeking asylum.

Where were you when you got the news that you’d won a Fulbright grant?

I was sitting in my parents’ house in North Carolina. My grandmother was the only other person home, and she speaks very little English. The way I was yelling and jumping around, she thought the house was on fire. The first person I called was my mom.

What would you tell students who were thinking about going through the application process?

The Fulbright application process is a long and tedious one, but it helps to crystallize what you care about and where you want to go in life (at least for the Fulbright year, anyway). It’s involved, but worth the time.

What has a liberal arts education at the University of Richmond meant to you?

My liberal arts education has taught me never to settle—never to settle for things the way they are just because that’s the way they’ve always been. Never to settle for what seems to be fact, just because it has never been challenged. I’ve learned to question the “givens” and have confidence not only in the right to question, but in my ability to go and seek the answer.

Any plans for life post-Paris?

I hope to go abroad and work for organizations involved in refugee rights and humanitarian advocacy. I’d love to visit old friends in East Africa and head west from there. There’s so much to learn, and I’d like to one day use those lessons to reform both U.S. and international refugee policy.