In my two years at UC Berkeley thus far, studying Political Economies of Industrial Societies and French, I have become more interested in working with international law and policies. Through my involvement with student groups such as Berkeley Model United Nations and working for the UC Berkeley Office of Public Affairs, I have been exposed to the diversity and vastness of media, information, and presentation tied to international events.
Reading the New York Times and Le Monde daily — it takes a good hour every morning — is perhaps the fundamental way I observe America's role in the world. While 9/11 struck a defense note for some, I perceived it as warning to the American public to be conscious of what happens around the world in response to what we do.
I expect this summer to be interesting in that it will not only challenge my intellectual capacities, but also my ability to use French! While I know French on numerous levels and have used it in the classroom, this will be my first time using the language in another nation. Random phrases — such as "I'd like a fade" for a haircut — are something I definitely need to learn in the very near future.