Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Kyra Hanlon graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2016 with a degree in culture & politics. During her time as a Hoya, Kyra had the opportunity to work at the Center for Social Justice, study abroad in France, facilitate a social entrepreneurship project in Rwanda, teach English in Romania, and serve as President of the Alternative Breaks Program and of Students Stopping the Trafficking of People. After working with Impact America – Tennessee, she hopes to work in the nonprofit world before pursuing graduate studies.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“You’ve got the love I need to see me through” – Florence + The Machine. To me, this is a reminder of the power of love and empathy to build strong and supportive communities.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

During the summer of 2014, I lived in a rural community in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Every morning, I would wake up before dawn to go for a run or walk in the area at 6am. I’m not usually such an early riser, so the sunrises there were probably the most sunrises I’ve witnessed consecutively. The view of the sun illuminating the hills and valleys of dewy green fields, snaking dirt roads, and igitoki (banana trees) was absolutely spectacular.