The event I attended this month was the mini- career fair outside of Smith Steeb hall on Thursday October 25th. Some of the groups that were there was the Collegiate Council on World Affairs (CCWA), Alexander Hamilton Society, and Doctors Without Borders. All of the representatives from the groups were extremely welcoming and informed. Even though I’m not involved with CCWA this semester, I would like to join next semester. I was in Model UN my senior year of high school and my group researched South Sudan, a country which still faces racial, economic and social conflict. Because my major is International Studies, I believe it would be extremely beneficial for me to join a club like CCWA. I would like to work with women and for women’s rights, helping the world see women’s full potential and capabilities. The Alexander Hamilton Society also seems like a compelling club to join on campus. I love reading about domestic and international current events. With that, I also enjoy discussing these events with people who have different viewpoints than myself. Because I enjoy the IA class so much when we have open discussions, I would really benefit from a club like this. Even though I am not a public health major or on the pre-med track, Doctors Without Borders would get me involved internationally by helping others and expanding a global mindset.
In terms of my future, I am applying to an internship to the Columbus Collegiate Council on World Affairs. If I get this internship, I am hoping it will teach me how to interact and negotiate with officials in Columbus and foreign diplomats. This event also helped me realize that I would like to eventually pursue a career that has to do with international affairs and diplomacy. Even though I think domestic current events and topics of discussion are interesting, I think it is fascinating how diplomats work together globally to achieve peace and well-being for their country. If I am unable to secure an international job or one that requires travel, I would like to help people, even if a few people or an entire group. Along with women, I would like to work with immigrants and understand what they go through to come to America, and what our system could do better to facilitate the process. Both of my parents are immigrants, and they came to America to make a better life for themselves and their children. The career fair helped me also realize that we must welcome immigrants with open arms because they do so much to stimulate our economy and contribute socially. One question I would have asked one of the students is if they recommend joining as many clubs as possible first semester, or if they recommend waiting until second semester or second year to become involved. I also should have asked when I should consider applying for leadership positions in the clubs I am currently in, Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra and College Democrats.