Finally! A new posting!!

January 4th, 2012

Okay, so I realized the other day that I basically have been on blogging vacation for a good seven months…oops.  On the other hand, I have not really had a whole lot of stuff to blog about.  I worked at a summer camp over the summer, and I spent a lot of time working on homework and my Independent Study (eek!) last semester.  That’s pretty much it.  I’ve been applying slowly but surely to various grad schools, fellowships, and internships so I have something to do next year after I graduate!  First of all, I can’t believe I’m actually going to be graduating from Wooster in May.  I am both excited and pretty scared silly about it all, cause I’m finally going to be out in the real world (gasp!).

Actually, I’m in Boston right now, which is pretty cool.  I will be conducting an interview tomorrow for my I.S. with a guy that has done significant work with interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding and conflict resolution with religious communities.  I’ll be talking to him about his work in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Which reminds me…my INDEPENDENT STUDY!  I should tell you all about it.  I’m drawing on both my disciplines (International Relations and Religious studies in case you’ve forgotten) and studying the effectiveness of interfaith dialogue in post-conflict settings.  I’m comparing three different case studies, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, and Lebanon.

When I’m not spending every waking moment working on I.S. I am working on graduate school applications and whatnot.  I’ve decided I want to go into a Peace Studies program, so I’ve applied to four schools that have very strong peace and conflict studies programs: Notre Dame University, American University, University of Bradford (in the UK!), and Trinity College Dublin.  I’ve also applied to various internships and fellowships in the Peace Studies field so I can gain some real work experience before I go straight to graduate school.  My plan is to apply to everything now, see what happens, and make a decision based off of what happens.  It’ll be great.

I’m also pretty stoked about my schedule next semester!  I only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (with the exception of Monday night yoga).  Granted, my first class is at 8am, but think of it, I only have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays!  I’m taking an awesome class called Global Social Entrepreneurship.  The class focuses on different entrepreneurial approaches to solving current social problems.  The class culminates in a summer field experience to Bangalore, India!  I am so excited to be able to have the chance to visit India and to work closely with an Indian nonprofit organization.  I think I would like to go into non profit work in the future, so I think this class would provide an amazing opportunity to get real experience, in addition to preparation for grad school!

Right then, I think that’s enough of an update for one night.  I’m actually pretty exhausted, and it’s only a little bit after 9pm.  Travel does funny things to you.  I need to get some rest so I can get up early and prepare for my interview!  Wish my luck!

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