Saturday, October 31, 2015

Matt, what are you looking forward to this year?

Today we have a student blog post by Matt.  Enjoy!

Matt, what are you most looking forward to this year?

As a first year MA candidate at SAIS I am most looking forward to getting to know my professors and fellow students. Two of the greatest draws of SAIS are the promise of top-ranked faculty who care about their students and the opportunity to study together with a determined and motivated cohort. One of the real strengths of SAIS is the fact that the school’s faculty represents a wide array of experiences within both academia and the policy community (and sometimes both simultaneously). While some professors’ careers are of a more traditional variety, having primarily worked in academic institutions, some have spent the majority of their careers working in the government or in the private sector. Indeed, some members of the faculty continue to work outside of the university. This wealth of academic and policy experience is then carried over into the instruction given here at SAIS, benefitting students by equipping them with an education that is not exclusively academic nor merely policy oriented but is an enriching combination of both. This rich array of backgrounds is not limited to the faculty of SAIS, but is also characteristic of its students. In just my classes alone I sit with mid-career professionals with years of experience in the private sector, former Peace Corps volunteers, U.S. Military Foreign Area Officers, and 22 year olds fresh out of their undergraduate institutions. The faculty and students of SAIS are among SAIS’s greatest strengths. Getting to know them is what I most look forward to this year.