Compass Staff

Christopher Stein

– Director of The Caravel Compass

Chris is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service studying Global Business. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he is a self-proclaimed foodie. You can often see him in Washington D.C. trying to find pizza that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Chris is a politics and news junkie who enjoys reading and writing and does not enjoy doing economics homework. He studies Mandarin Chinese and hopes to study abroad in Hangzhou, Taipei, or Shanghai.


Regional Specialists, Contributors, and Multimedia Contributors


Sania Ali

Sania is a first-year student in the College studying biology. She was born and raised in Virginia but is fascinated by cultures and events around the world. Her interests include cooking, writing, and playing volleyball. She is an avid consumer of the news (and anything chocolate). Though new to the Caravel crew, she can’t wait to roll up the anchor and start sailing as a contributor to The Compass newsletter!


April Artrip

April is a sophomore in the SFS planning to major in IPOL, minor in Arabic, and get a certificate in Arab studies. She grew up in Houston, Texas but hopes to become a natural inhabitant of the East Coast—even if she’ll never get over the blasphemous misuse of the word barbecue and her high standards for Mexican food. In her free time, she likes to expand her cosmetics collection and aimlessly scroll through Twitter.


Hannah Casey

Hannah is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. She is a Science, Technology, and International Affairs major with a concentration in Security Studies. She hails from San Antonio, Texas. She loves her dogs Chewy and Bubbles Nicole only slightly more than she loves puffy Cheetos. Follow Boomer Phelps on Instagram. You won’t regret it.


Agnieszka Krotzer

Agnieszka is a first-year student in the SFS planning to major in Culture and Politics. She was born in New Hampshire but has lived in the U.S., China, France, Indonesia, and India because of her parents’ work. Outside of the Caravel, Agnieszka interns for Jesuit Refugee Services, advocates for H*yas for Choice, and hosts at Clyde’s of Georgetown. Her most recent obsessions are Dog Tag Bakery, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and ubering incredibly short distances.


Sarah Pavlak

Sarah is a junior in the MSB studying international business (regional focus: Asia) and marketing with a minor in Chinese. She loves to travel, and this past summer she spent a month studying abroad in Hong Kong. Originally from New Jersey, Sarah is a big fan of the NJ Devils, bagels, and the shore. On campus, you can find her working with non-profits through Innovo Consulting, playing piano, or competing with Georgetown in case competitions. This is her second semester writing for The Compass.


Eric Schichein

Eric is a first-year student in the SFS studying International Politics and German. When not working or reading the news, he enjoys cooking, exploring D.C., and drinking tea. Despite moving almost every two years during his childhood, his wanderlust has not been sated, and he is always ready to travel.


Jia Sheng

Jia is a first-year student in the SFS planning to major in Regional Studies focused on East Asia. From Hefei, China—a city unfamiliar even to many Chinese—Jia is an avid promoter of Chinese culture. He is also a self-proclaimed chef and photographer. When not reading or writing news on China, he can probably be found cooking Chinese food in his room.


Theo Symonds

Theo is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Culture and Politics. He has been with the Caravel for three semesters. He is now an editor for the Anchor and writes for both the Western Europe and Canada section and the Travel section. Outside of the Caravel, Theo does non-profit and microfinance consulting with Georgetown Global Consulting, plays for the Georgetown rugby team, and is interning with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.


Nataliyah Tahir

Nataliyah is a sophomore in the SFS. She is a pre-med student planning to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health, and potentially a certificate in International Development.  Having grown up in a Pakistani-immigrant household, she developed an interest in South Asian affairs and health issues and hopes to work in the region in the future.  In her free time, you can probably find her watching a Disney movie, liking corgi pics on Instagram, or doodling in her notes.


Sonia Vohra

Sonia is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2020 pursuing a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in biotechnology and security. A volunteer at the National Museum of Natural History, Sonia enjoys making sure people know that narwhals do indeed exist. In her free time, you can often find her playing her ukulele, unsuccessfully assembling her portable microscope, and searching for the perfect mocha.


Camilla Wasiak

Camilla is a member of the Class of 2020 in the McDonough School of Business. She is pursuing a major in finance and a double minor in government and economics. She is also a Global Business Fellow. From Wallington, New Jersey, she is happy to be out of New Jersey. In her free time, you can find Camilla running around D.C., exploring museums and events with a camera in hand, or spending too much time in the Library of Congress. She also has no known association with the saxophone.


Henry Westerman

Henry is a member of the Class of 2021 studying in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Though currently undecided, he is considering a major in either IHIS or IPOL. From Somerville, Massachusetts, Henry is passionate about all things Boston and Star Wars. On a more pertinent note, he focuses his international political interests on Europe and Latin America and will gladly tell you about his month-long stay in Madrid during high school.