Well, as always I’m a bit slow to the punch with this week, but here I was busy studying for my Chemistry final on Tuesday, and I realized that I had an optional blog post I could do to give a review about the course in my own words. As it stands, I’ve honestly loved being in this class. It’s been highly informative and has definitely solidified the idea that the major I’ve picked is definitely something I’m interested in. So, for that alone, I am grateful!
The class itself covered tons of topics and their impacts at a global level. They were always presented with enough days to cover the material and we were able to go more in depth with some subjects that are hot topics in current global dealings. The topics that I found the most interesting were the weeks we talked about economy, politics, culture, food, energy, and environment. Of course many of these go hand in hand with each other, but the fact that we spent two or more class periods talking about each of them helped me to gain a better understanding of just how the connections between them are formed. I feel like I have made a step in the right direction and have come out of this class better informed than I was upon first starting it.
While class periods were always informative and helpful, the part of this course that encompassed this very blog proved to be more difficult, I believe, for me than others in my class. I, myself, am highly indecisive when it comes to open-ended projects, and with a class so incredibly broad as international affairs itself, it definitely presented me with a challenge. I didn’t rise to the occasion as much as I would have liked honestly, but I pulled through. At least with my final paper, I have a new reason to want to go study abroad somewhere on the British Isles next spring semester – comparative politics and policy. I hope that I get a chance to take the base comparative politics course that is offered here at the University as it seems like a solid, and interesting class. The ideas presented by the governments of the Isles is so different from those here in the States that I want the opportunity to experience it firsthand. Of course, I want to go experience a culture that is similar, but also vastly unique, but I also gained an insight to a new side of things that I hadn’t thought of in depth before. Now, with my being indecisive we’ll see if I end up there for an extended period of time, but for now, it’s a front runner in my search for a study abroad school.
To close, I’d just like to give a big thank you to those of you who have actually kept up with my blog and its eclectic mix of ideas. To Rob, you did a fantastic job teaching this course and I’m sorry that towards the end of the semester here there weren’t as many people coming to listen to your lectures. They were highly enjoyable and we still got things done in the course, which is an incredible balance to find. It’s been awesome! To Darren, thanks for your talk at the IAA meeting last week. It was fantastic hearing your input and thoughts about everything that has been going on in Scotland recently and I can’t wait to learn more. I’ll be keeping a close eye on whether or not there’s another referendum in the near future, because you are incredibly correct that things will begin changing drastically if the country is no longer part of the UK. I hope that the best decisions are made for the country in the long run.
Well, this is my last post for the semester. I’m signing off for the last time. It’s a been a wild ride everyone and I know it’s going to continue to be one.