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Ileana Cortessi

International Affairs, BA

2019

Ileana came to Northeastern from Athens, Greece. During her last two years of high school, she completed the International Baccalaureate program at Athens College, with a focus on Economics, Psychology and English Literature. Ileana also studied opera at the Greek National Conservatory and was looking for a university that could offer an international affairs program as well as exposure to a music department. Because Northeastern closely works with the New England Conservatory, it was a perfect choice. Ileana majored in International Affairs with minors in Political Science, French Language & Law and Public Policy. She also pursued a joint certificate in opera with the New England Conservatory.  

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Ileana ’s Path

This program has prepared her as much as possible, from the Dialogues to faculty who have inspired her to pursue a legal career.  In Ileana’s words, “coming from a small country like Greece and being a girl, I never thought that I would be able to do all the things that I did when I came to the U.S. Northeastern faculty continues to encourage me to reach my full potential.”  Her advice to all students is to go on a Dialogue. Because of her deep interest in conflict and negotiation, the Balkan Dialogue has “changed my life.”

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