Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 28, 2010

Name: Glenn Alpert
Live in: Arlington, VA
Originally from: Fort Worth, TX,
Profession: Defense Budget Analyst and Graduate Student
What I like about DC the most: The Washington, DC area is such a diverse place… it is truly a melting pot of many cultures. DC is a place where you can feel like you’re living the city lifestyle without the congestion and urban sprawl of the northeast corridor. A high percentage of people here are well-educated, you never know who you are going to meet. The clean metro system is definitely a bonus, and our nation’s great monuments are always a sight to see.
My favorite Video Music: Oceanlab – Clear Blue Water (Ferry Corsten Remix)

About me: I grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and moved to Rockville, MD at age 11. My father taught political science at Texas Christian University, and after a number of years teaching, decided he wanted a change of pace. During the summers, he would take a group of students to DC through an organization called The Washington Center, which provides opportunities for students from around the US (and internationally) to intern in Washington.

Beginning in 7th grade, I attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville. During my high school years, I participated on the soccer and track teams, as well as played violin the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra. During this time, I started following DC United during their inaugural season, and was amazed by the skill and creativity of their star midfielder, Marco Etcheverry. Soccer would be the inspiration that occupied my college years.

During college, I first attended UMBC, and chose geography as a major, with an interest in urban planning. After too many headaches with GeoCart and GIS (mapping programs), I decided that I wanted to do something else that involved more physical activity. I then transferred to Salisbury University to pursue a degree in exercise physiology, and it was here that I resumed my interest in soccer. I earned the US Soccer Federation level B license and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America “Advanced National” license during this time. During the summers, I also had the amazing opportunity to travel to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and train at the Tahuichi Soccer Academy, which is famous in Bolivia for producing some of their country’s best players. This experience from my undergraduate years makes up a large part of who I am today.

Currently, I am working as a defense budget analyst, and am also completing pre-requisites to apply to graduate school. I am interested in the Masters of Science in Finance (M.S.F) program at George Washington University, because it offers a challenging and rigorous curriculum. Additionally, I have working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst certification. I have the pleasure of preparing for the GMAT next year, which I am sure will be exhilarating.

As hobbies, I enjoy working out at the gym, LA Boxing, playing soccer, and coaching youth players on the weekends (ages 2-5 or so). My favorite place in all of DC is the Embassy Row area, because of the incredible architecture of some of the houses there.

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