Alexandra Zalewski ’20, of Orange County, California, is a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, concentrator. She is the 2019 Dean's Scholar in the Nation's Service and is passionate about learning languages, with her first language being Polish, followed by English, Spanish, French and German. At Princeton, she is currently taking Arabic and Russian with hopes to specialize in conflict resolution in regions in which those languages are spoken. She was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic in 2018 through the U.S. State Department. Through this scholarship, she studied in Amman, Jordan for eight weeks this past summer. On campus, she is a Matriculate Advising Fellow, advising three high-achieving, low-income high schoolers with the mission of helping them gain acceptance to selective universities. She is also a member of Princeton Tiger Challenge’s TeachOn team, which aimed to tackle the teacher shortage crisis in New Jersey; and the co-author of “Red Rocker’s Hairy Day,” a children’s book with 100 percent of the profits going to the Second Harvest Food Bank and more than $250,000 raised to feed hungry children in her home community. She works as a climbing wall instructor at the Princeton Outdoor Action Wall and enjoys surfing and traveling when she is home.
In summer 2019, Alexandra interned at the U.S. Department in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).