Student Veterans Choose Georgetown for Diversity, Opportunities
November 11, 2011 – Having served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan during her 8 1/2-year tenure in the United States Army, Latosha Floyd (G’14) says her experience at Georgetown has been eye opening because of the wealth of diverse ideas and beliefs students and faculty bring to the classroom.
“It’s been very good just to see world issues and even domestic issues from so many different perspectives,” she says. “And everyone can put it all out there…. In a respectful way, [professors] kind of let the class interact with each other and understand each other.
Floyd, who is studying for her Masters in Policy Management at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI), is one of about 370 veterans attending Georgetown.
Floyd attends Georgetown while on active duty as part of a Department of Defense internship program. After graduation, she’ll serve a two-year internship at the Pentagon.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2003, Floyd was deployed to Iraq twice – Mosul in 2003-04 and Tikrit in 2005-06 – and once to Afghanistan in Bagram in 2008-09.
She served as a company commander in Afghanistan, which allowed her to watch over her fellow soldiers.
“Just being a company commander, you are intimately involved in the lives of your soldiers,” says Floyd, whose grandfather served in the Air Force. “And in taking them over there, and taking care of them while they’re there, it just really kind of touched a primal part of who we are, who I am, in the world: here for each other.”
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS INTEREST
Georgetown student veterans also come to campus as undergraduates after their service.
Peter Nesbitt (SFS’12) joined the Army after graduating high school in 2002. He spent nearly six years in active duty, which included a 3 1/2-year stint in South Korea as a signals intelligence analyst where he analyzed electronic communications.
Nesbitt, who had an interest in international affairs in high school, fell back to the reserves for when he enrolled at Georgetown and eventually left the Army in July 2010.
REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE
The university’s focus on international engagement and maximizing students’ potential were major draws for Nesbitt, who will work at Deutsche Bank after graduating.
“We’re in D.C. and people are attracted to come here so they get real life experience,” says Nesbitt, who has worked on Capitol Hill with the office of Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and the Export-Import Bank during his time at Georgetown.
“They’re much more driven because they know more what they want to do.”
Nesbitt also says that his military experience made the transition to being a full-time student manageable.
“Everything in the military is much more time consuming and harder…you know how to handle situations and challenges much better,” he says.
A TIME FOR REFLECTION
Floyd says Veterans Day allows her a time to think and reflect on comrades who served with her but made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“I think about friends that I’ve had who have gone to war and not come back because they’ve been killed,” she says. “And I just think about everyone who’s serving now.”