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Andrew Goff: Training in tact

“The foundation of diplomacy is built on personal relationships. I think my experiences at Transylvania have enabled me to build the skills to work with all kinds of people.”  

As he pursues his master’s degree in international relations and history at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Andrew Goff ’13 reflects on how Transy prepared him for a career in the diplomatic corps.

It wasn’t just his coursework in political science and Spanish that gave him the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with other people. It was also his experience as an assistant in the university president’s office and his various roles in the Student Government Association. Both opportunities ensured he interacted with individuals from all areas of campus.

Andrew Goff

Dealing with the conflict that naturally arose in student government as well as in his other roles on campus taught him a valuable lesson that is integral to a liberal arts education: “One of the signs of being an intelligent person is being able to hold two opposing viewpoints at the same time,” he said.

And while working in the president’s office, Andrew learned how decisions are made in real-world situations. “I think, if anything, that has allowed me to develop the interpersonal skills that are necessary to succeed,” he said.

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