Mt. A stu­dent earns Kil­lam Un­der­grad­u­ate Fel­low­ship

PPE stu­dent stud­ied in Ten­nessee dur­ing fall se­mes­ter through noted ex­change pro­gram

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Third-year phi­los­o­phy, pol­i­tics and eco­nom­ics stu­dent Juan Fa­cundo spent the fall se­mes­ter on ex­change at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity in Nashville, Tenn.

Fa­cundo com­pleted the ex­change through the Kil­lam Un­der­grad­u­ate Fel­low­ships, one of the ex­change pro­grams of­fered through Mount Al­li­son’s Ex­change and Study Aboard pro­gram.

Fa­cundo’s in­ter­est in Van­der­bilt was sparked from a phi­los­o­phy book, one he would get to know well dur­ing his ex­change.

“I wanted to study at Van­der­bilt be­cause of a book called Tran­scen­dence and Wittgen­stein’s Trac­ta­tus, writ­ten by Dr. Michael Hodges,” he ex­plains. “It turned out that Dr. Hodges teaches un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses at Van­der­bilt. With­out much ex­pec­ta­tion, I emailed him about the op­por­tu­nity and to my sur­prise he re­sponded with en­thu­si­asm about the pos­si­bil­ity of com­ing to study with him.”

Fa­cundo ended up tak­ing two classes with Hodges, phi­los­o­phy of lit­er­a­ture and Amer­i­can phi­los­o­phy.”

While at Van­der­bilt, Fa­cundo pur­sued a full course load as well as an in­de­pen­dent study.

“My ex­change has been mostly cen­tered around aca­demics but I have been able to en­joy south­ern cook­ing and mu­sic,” he said dur­ing his stay there. “Over­all, I am very happy with my ex­change, as it has al­lowed me to push my­self aca- dem­i­cally with a va­ri­ety of cour­ses in phi­los­o­phy and eco­nom­ics.”

Prior to study­ing at Mount Al­li­son, Fa­cundo grad­u­ated from Al­go­nquin Col­lege in 2012 with an Avi­a­tion Man­age­ment Di­ploma, and worked as a First Of­fi­cer on the Air­bus 320 for the na­tional air­line in Colom­bia. His ca­reer path shifted once back in Canada be­cause of his in­ter­est in phi­los­o­phy and in­ter­na­tional events.

“One of my main in­ter­ests out­side of aca­demics is avi­a­tion,” says Fa­cundo. “This was my ca­reer choice be­fore I started at Mount Al­li­son and con­tin­ues to be one of my pas­sions. Switch­ing ca­reers was a scary process, espe­cially when one has put in as much ef­fort as it takes to suc­ceed in avi­a­tion. That said, it was the best de­ci­sion that I could have made.”

Out­side his stud­ies, Fa­cundo is the pres­i­dent of the Amnesty In­ter­na­tional chap­ter at Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity and is in­volved in the Big Brothers Big Sis­ters pro­gram. He also plays soc­cer and spends time with his dogs Pru­dence and Ch­ester. The Kil­lam Fel­low­ships Pro­gram, through Ful­bright Canada, pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for ex­cep­tional un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties in Canada and the United States to spend ei­ther one se­mes­ter or a full aca­demic year as an ex­change stu­dent in the other coun­try.

Learn more about ex­change op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Kil­lam Fel­low­ships at Mount Al­li­son: mta. ca/in­ter­na­tional/studyabroad/

CON­TRIB­UTED

Third-year phi­los­o­phy, pol­i­tics, and eco­nom­ics stu­dent Juan Fa­cundo’s main in­ter­est out­side aca­demics is avi­a­tion. Prior to at­tend­ing Mount Al­li­son, he grad­u­ated Al­go­nquin Col­lege in 2012 with an avi­a­tion man­age­ment di­ploma.

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