My name is Florencia Whiting and I am from Argentina, South America. But I guess I'm from all over the world now that I'm a military spouse. I'm a mom first. I've been a student for the past two years. I chose the Master's in International Relations with a focus in International Security.
Norwich University does prepare us with the tools and the knowledge that we need for your specific program. I think being in the military, my main goal was to be a part of the embassies and work in a consulate and work more in foreign policy type thing, but being in the military and being a military spouse, it is a little bit harder to keep up with your career, because in a way, you are following your spouse.
However, the moment I decided I wanted to do International Relations, I also already had in mind what I wanted to do for my Master's thesis paper. I wanted to focus on gender equality and how women impact global security. And indeed, that ended up being my thesis, and I'm very proud of it. It's something that I do have a lot of passion for it, so I think being part of the International Relations program and being a woman, I think just makes them both ... just makes me feel more empowering, and I feel like I'm ready to tackle the world.
When I did start looking into starting my Master's program, there was really no hesitation about Norwich. I did do a little bit of review about other organizations and universities, but Norwich just was always on the top of my list. My advisor at that time was very helpful. I actually completed everything within about two to three weeks, and then I was starting my classes in September of 2016. And then, here we are.
The residency, I think at first you get a little bit excited about it and you have a lot of expectations. I think it's a great way to be exposed to your classmates and actually put a face into that name of that person you've been talking for the past two years. With some of them, you do share the same classes. For some of them you don't. But I think it's just a great exposure to professors, to the staff itself.
If you want to go through a Master's program and Norwich University has that Master's program that you've been looking for to completing. And being a part of this university, it gives you such a proud feeling, being a part of this family and calling yourself an alumnus from now on.
I couldn't be happier, and if I could give a piece of advice to those future students out there that are looking towards completing a Master's, please don't hesitate. Go ahead and you'll be more than happy once you're part of Norwich, and you've completed your Master's.