Ayşe Lara is in her third year of the Dual BA Program with Sciences Po Paris set to graduate in 2024. Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, she studied Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Politics and Government at Sciences Po and is now majoring in Human Rights at Columbia.
Ayşe Lara is excited to join GSSC as First-Year Class Vice President and continue her journey with advocacy as the former director of the Sciences Po student government’s On-Campus Events Committee and former editor-in-chief of the campus magazine. On paper or in person, she has always felt drawn to highlighting and addressing pressing issues impacting her communities throughout her academic career.
Ayşe Lara looks forward to advocating for the particularly unique experience of first-year students in what she sees as a safe (yet competitive, rigorous, and collaborative) haven for students seeking a radically flexible undergraduate experience, the School of General Studies.
She is a campus Program Assistant for the Columbia Committee on Global Thought. Before starting at Columbia, Ayşe Lara worked at the Global Public Policy Institute, Middle East Policy Council, International Press Institute, and Hurriyet Daily News. Having lived, studied, and worked in five countries, Ayşe Lara loves traveling, learning new languages, and meeting new people.