MALAS Graduate Nicolas Albertoni Learned “Holistic” View of Problem Solving

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Nicolas Albertoni
Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
Internships during time at SFS: Graduate Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Research Assistant at the Center of Latin American Studies
Activity/internship Summer 2015: Trade Advisor at of the Director of Trade and Economic Directory of Chile, in Santiago de Chile


What made you choose SFS for your graduate education?

I decided to choose the SFS among other schools where I was admitted, first for the quality of the education and for the excellent combination this school has between professional and academic approaches. SFS has some of the best professors in the world in each area of study. Second, I think the Jesuits heritage gives to the SFS and the University in general an incredible value that we can see in how professors teach and the courses we have. In the roots of this school is a strong Ignatian´s vision of “serves others” and the MAGIS, which is the Ignatian ideal of more, asks people to “go deeper” and pay more intimate attention to their feelings, their experiences, and their significant relationships with God and others.

In Uruguay I studied in a Jesuit University, Universidad Catolica de Uruguay, and continue my studies here at Georgetown was great to know more about Ignatian´s vision of the world. The “spirituality of Georgetown” was really one of the main reasons why I decided to come here. The MA in Latin American Studies specifically, helps me to be more conscious about the main social and political challenges of this region and the world’s international affairs.

Do you have any mentors or advisors at SFS who made a big impact on you?

I would have to mention many people who helped me during this process and impact on my career, but I specially have five people in mind: Prof. Barbara Kotschwar, Prof. Diana Kapiszewski, Prof. Erick Langer, Prof. Mathew Carnes S.J. and Ms. Julie McMurtry. All of them helped me a lot in many ways, but more importantly personally and academically. All of them helped me to be not only a better professional but also a better person.

LASA CONGRESS 2015How has SFS prepared you for your career path?

As mentioned before, the combination between professional and academic approaches of the School of Foreign Service in general and the Master in Latin American Studies in particular, allowed me to become a more competitive individual in the job market. Having deep research skills and a practical approach as well is fundamental for the development of a holistic view of problem solving.

What has been your favorite course at Georgetown and why?

I have many great courses. One of them was States & Societies in Latin America with Prof. Matthew Carnes SJ, in which I learned the major political trends and issues that have shaped Latin American governments and politics throughout the course of the twentieth century as well as the key issues confronting the region as it begins the 21st century. I would also like to mention Origins and Transformations with Prof Eric Langer, which was a great introduction of the history in Latin America.

What will you miss the most about Georgetown?

The campus, the people, and the Georgetown’s culture. It is a unique place with unique people and this is what I will miss the most about this university. After two years, I am sure that it is a place where I will be back many times and I will always feel as I am at home.