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The book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” details the work of Paul Farmer, an epidemiologist who combated TB in its most resistent form, MDR TB. His work is extraordinary because it spanned multiple nations and had real tangible impacts on the communities he served. I read Paul Farmer’s book while in Peru working with the Peace Corp, which is one of the countries hit hardest by TB and one of Paul Farmer’s success stories. I chose this book as my artifact because it instilled within me the deep belief in potential of individual power. It is this belief that has driven me to study politics and subsequently shaped my political aspirations. The quote by Margaret Mead perfectly summarizes this idea: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
The book represents the source of my inspiration in my political pursuits and establishes the perfect theme for my years at Ohio State. I hope to develop into the thoughtful, committed citizen that can reach the world through her work and change the things around her in the extraordinary ways that we’re capable of.
I am a first-year Political Science major at Ohio State. My interest in politics began while I was working as an assistant to a Peace Corp Volunteer in Mancos, Peru. The disparities in governance in Latin America and the United States fascinated me, and became the focus of my studies over my last years in high school. The summer I spent abroad was the most trans formative experience I’ve had so far and has perpetuated my passion for politics, especially in regards to cultural issues.
I want to expand on the passion I’ve found in this career field during my time at Ohio State by studying abroad, getting involved in learning communities, and sharpening my world view. These reasons helped me choose Ohio State, and also helped me choose International Affairs Scholars. Through the community of similarly-motivated students, I hope to broaden my perspective on the world and continue my learning journey.
I aim to continue my intrinsic enjoyment of service, particularly with girls’ education and empowerment. This was one of my core focuses while in Peru. The hands on experience of working so closely with the community sharpened my desire to bring change, especially in areas where girls and women are being denied their basic rights. Through my study of Political Science, I hope to understand the political side of inequality and the bureaucratic solutions to absolve the issues that have invigorated my passions.