Sovieski Naut Fernandez
Hometown and current location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Why did you choose McCourt? McCourt offers a vibrant academic environment with professors leading research in most relevant topics leading public discussion nowadays, such as racism behavior, gun control, the role of politics from a behavioral perspective, and more. That robust research background, combined with an evidence-based decision-making approach through the MPM curriculum, attracted me from the very beginning. Furthermore, as a Fulbright Scholar and international student, the application team answered all my questions and dedicated all their energy to secure an adequate tuition waiver to start my journey as a Georgetown student.
What has been the best part of your experience so far? I have a fantastic group of professors, some of which have become mentors in this journey. Professors are not only teaching you with academic rugosity, but they are also discussing their in-field experience, a valuable asset to understand the role of policymakers in practice. Furthermore, despite the virtual scheme adopted this semester, the university has a lot of professional and casual activities to engage students with the local community; for instance, I participated virtually in a lot of civic engagement activities within the 2020 US election, that experience was invaluable as an international student.
Student organization involvement while at McCourt: Latin American Policy Association (LAPA)
Undergraduate University, degree, and major: Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Bachelor's degree in Economics
Hobbies / Interests: I love swimming and cooking flans. I would love to be on campus soon to meet my classmates personally and expand my professional network.