A degree in diplomacy can teach students many skills that translate into other areas of their lives. From setting priorities to negotiation to compromise, the lessons of diplomacy reach far beyond the classroom. Meet two alumni couples whose passion for diplomacy brought them together for life.
Sarah Husseini and Carter Paret
Have there been any lessons from studying diplomacy that have translated into your relationship? Negotiation and compromise are vital. Carter and I are both very goal oriented and have chosen careers that will continuously place us in different cities and countries (what we're currently doing). Clear communication, negotiation, a little compromise, and knowing when to step back and re-evaluate each situation has come in handy on more than one occasion.
Have you had any funny moments or stories related to being a Diplo couple? In the process of figuring out marriage licenses for when we get married this July, we've realized that we're going to have to get married three times in order to make the marriage legal in different countries and jurisdictions! I'm not sure how funny Sarah finds this at the moment having to coordinate logistics, but I'm sure it'll be one of those things we look back on and laugh at down the line.
Do you have any advice for other couples in diplomacy? Diplomacy can be a challenging field to maintain a relationship, especially if your job requires a lot of travel or coming home from the office with the weight of the world. Remember to be supportive of one another's dreams, to enjoy the little moments and to create your own adventures, as well as to have faith that things will work out (and that you'll hopefully - finally get to live in the same zip code!).
Lydiette Diaz and Mark Loyka
How did you meet?
Mark and I met in the Fall Semester of 2010. We had three out of four graduate classes together, Talking with the Enemy, Public International Law, and Politics and Society in Latin American and the Caribbean. By the third class I figured I should introduce myself and the rest is history.
Have you had any funny moments or stories related to being a Diplo couple?
Since Mark and I met while studying at the Diplomacy School and we were both from New Jersey we knew that the perfect place to get married would be in the chapel on campus. We are grateful for the support that we received from faculty and staff as students and alumni of the program.
Do you have any advice for other couples in diplomacy?
Keep the lines of communication open and honest, be patient so that you can overcome the challenges, and remember that you are at school to earn a degree, finding love is icing on the cake.
These are just some of the many couples who have found love at the School of Diplomacy. Do you have your own story to share? Contact us!
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