Senior Daniel Varghese follows his passion into the world of journalism

Daniel Varghese
SFS, Class of 2017, Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Louisville, Kentucky
Language: Chinese
Proseminar: Green Politics with Prof. Shiloh Krupar
Study Abroad: Kunming, China (Summer 2015)
On-Campus Activities:
The Georgetown Voice
The Capitol Gs
The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs (Research Assistant)
Non-GU Activities:
WAMU 88.5 (Intern)
New America (Intern)


May 1, 2017 by Margaux Fontaine

STIA major Daniel Varghese (SFS’17) came to Georgetown with a plan: to go to medical school. Once he got to the Hilltop, however, that plan began to change.

“I had thought that I would spend my Georgetown career working towards Medical school, but quickly found that I loved writing about health care and pop culture much more than studying chemistry,” Varghese says. “So, at the end of sophomore year, I dropped pre-med, and threw myself into my work for The Georgetown Voice.”

Varghese interviews Georgetown President John DeGioia for an On The Record feature in The Georgetown Voice.

Varghese joined the Voice his freshman year, working his way up to Editor-in-Chief by the spring of his junior year. Continuing his work in journalism, he completed his coursework at Georgetown a semester early and is currently at a journalism startup in New York, where he hopes to continue writing about health care, music, and TV.

Besides the Voice, Varghese was also a member of the A Capella group The Capitol Gs, and held numerous internships and other positions during his time at Georgetown. His most memorable times at Georgetown, however, can’t be found on his resume.

“My favorite memories of Georgetown all took place late at night in the middle of the week,” he recalled. “Either at Lau, delirious with friends all trying to finish the same paper or presentation for a class, or in the Voice office, for the exact same reason.”

His mentor at Georgetown is Dr. Emily Mendenhall, a professor of Global Health in the STIA program.

“Since the moment I ended up in her office as a freshman, vaguely interested in global health and writing, Dr. Mendenhall has helped provide me with opportunities I could never have imagined and pushed me to pursue challenges I thought were beyond my station,” Varghese said. “I owe her a great deal.”

Mendenhall was Varghese’s professor in four classes, including his senior seminar and his favorite class at Georgetown, “War, Violence, and Health,” which he says helped to frame his world view.

Above all, what Varghese says he will miss most about SFS and Georgetown is “Having all the people I know at my fingertips.”

And the advice he would give his freshman self?

“Do less, kiddo.”

Varghese immersed in a sea of flowers near the Stone Forest in Yunan, China during his summer abroad.