|SFS, Class of 2016, International Politics
|Proseminar: Revolutions and Revolutionaries in Modern Latin America with Professor Dodd|
Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society (President)
New Student Orientation (Captain)
The Machiavelli Seminar in Villa le Balze (twice, once as a student and once as a TA, summer 2013 and 2014)
Army deployment to Thailand to teach English and build military relationships (June-July 2014)
Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (May 2015)
Within two years, Jack Moore (SFS ’16, SSP ’17) will participate in two commencements – receiving his bachelor’s degree this month and his master’s degree next year, as part of the accelerated BSFS/MA program. After graduating from the Georgetown University Security Studies Program, Moore will serve in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence officer as part of his participation in Army ROTC.
Moore reflected on his motivations for choosing SFS in the first place and what made him stay a full year longer than the average student. “I felt there was no program in the country quite like the SFS, which combines several relevant disciplines into a comprehensive degree that teaches students the ins and outs of the international community and allows students to use those skills in nearly any capacity, whether it be in the military, the government, an NGO, or the private sector,” Moore said. “ Moreover, the professors all are, in one way or another, practitioners of what they teach and research, and almost nowhere else can you find a faculty so active in Washington and around the world. I am very grateful to have met and learned under the stewardship of such amazing people.”
During his time at Georgetown, Moore has made it a point to become involved on campus as much as possible. Besides being in the Army ROTC, he has led numerous campus tours as President for the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, sung his heart out as Director of the Saxatones, and welcomed students to the Hilltop as Captain for the New Student Orientation.
“Georgetown is such a remarkable place because opportunities pop up unexpectedly, whether it is to study abroad, join a new campus organization, conduct research, or take a class with a professor who has mastered a field you are interested in,” said Moore. “The resources at Georgetown are overwhelmingly abundant for those who seek them; all you have to do is ask.”
Moore’s favorite course at Georgetown, the Machiavelli Seminar at Villa le Balze, proved to be one of the most memorable moments of his academic career. “The class is unlike any other at Georgetown and is the most memorable and formative experience of my time at Georgetown. The opportunity to learn about the life and works of Machiavelli in his native city of Florence provides invaluable context to better understand the mind of one of the most brilliant – and misunderstood – politicians and philosophers in Western history. Moreover, each professor provides his own spin on the material and its application to modern security issues: Professor Kroenig teaches Machiavelli to substantiate research on the prevailing power of democratically governed states; Professor Shambaugh approaches Machiavelli from [the] political economy perspective; and finally, Professor Karber leads students to apply Machiavellian strategy in a sophisticated computerized strategy simulation. Outside the classroom, exploring the city of Florence and building close relationships with these professors made it the best decision I have made at Georgetown.”
Even though Moore will be sticking around campus for another year, he admits that there are certain aspects that are unique to the undergraduate experience: “I will miss the experience of being surrounded by such inspired, motivated, and positive people. The community of Hoyas at Georgetown has given me lifelong friends who have driven me to be a better person intellectually, morally, and spiritually. I’m very fortunate to be spending one more year on the Hilltop to finish my graduate degree, but I will miss the graduating seniors in my class who have changed my life so much. In particular, I will miss the Georgetown Saxatones, who have been my family since my first days on the Hilltop as a freshman. Thank you all!”