York Master's student Otto Faludi, a second-year student in the Masters of Public and International Affairs program, joined the first day of the recent NATO Summit outside Cardiff, Wales. Faludi attended as the editor-in-chief of the online international affairs publication he founded, Freedom Observatory, along with Glendon undergraduate student Conner Marvin: http://www.freedomobservatory.org/.
"We were the only two students at the event," Faludi says, "(which made it) a bit of a surreal experience." They had official accreditation from NATO to report on the Summit live from the Media Centre at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. Faludi describes Freedom Observatory as "a sounding board for students at any level, disseminating to other students, academics and professionals."
A veteran of model simulations, he lead a team of undergraduate and graduate students to Washington, D.C. in February to the International Model NATO. The group distinguished themselves by sweeping the awards at the conclusion of the conference: http://fgs.news.yorku.ca/2014/02/20/glendon-team-sweeps-awards-at-washington-model-nato-conference/.
Faludi, who is Hungarian-born, comments that now that he's had a taste of international affairs, he's ready for the next steps. He spent the summer interning at the Canadian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary where he was able to make some diplomatic connections. "This summer has absolutely come full circle," he says. "I've just put in my application for the Foreign Service exam."
He notes he'll continue to pursue a career in international affairs as there seem to be lots of opportunities in that area. And with a taste from the journalism side of the fence, that remains a viable option. "I have a couple of different options," he says, "but definitely a career in international affairs."