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The Montgomery House is located on Occom Pond

As you all may or may not know already, I am in the Global Health Fellows program. To be a fellow, you attend at least seven events hosted by the Dartmouth Dickey Center for International Understanding. Last winter, the Dickey Center hosted a dinner with the former president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga; she has some extraordinary accomplishments including being the first female president of Kosovo as well as the youngest female to ever be elected to the highest office in the world. 

Jahjaga is a current Montgomery Fellow and visiting professor in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. Moreover, the Montgomery Fellows program welcomes extremely talented individuals from novelists to presidents to have an extended stay at Dartmouth while staying at the Montgomery House on Occom pond. 

For the event, we were welcomed to the Montgomery House for a small gathering of students to eat dinner with Jahjaga. She discussed a wide array of topics from her position as a woman in power to leading a fledgling democracy; because the event was capped at 10 students, we were welcomed to ask her questions about our interests. This was a crossover event with other Dickey programs including Great Issues Scholars and War & Peace Fellows—everyone came with questions related to their interests and fellowships. 

For me, this event highlighted the extraordinary opportunities we have here at Dartmouth. Even within my fellowship that is related to Global Health, I was able to intersect it with world policy and understand the field in a country that is rarely studied in classrooms. You can't say that you met a former president just anywhere. 

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