IA Posts (February/March)
For my first event for the months February/March, I attended the “Challenge of Global Governance: Japan’s Role”. From this event, I had the chance to venture into a new branch of international affairs that I was not familiar with, concerning previous events that I have attended. Listening to Christina Davis, from Harvard University, it was clear that she was very passionate and knowledgable from the conversation she had with the attendants of the meeting. A point that she brought up that gave me optimism was that both Japan practice a free market economy, as well as democratic values, meaning that the core principles of our countries are set in a solid stone. In addition, Mrs. Davis mentioned that in order for Japan to maintain global governance, they must maintain strong relations with other regions of Asia. Overall, I thought this event was a fantastic one to attend, and it was very unique to the other ones I have been to. I am not very knowledgeable about Japan, I have been to other events with Russia, other regions of Africa…etc, but Japan is a country that fascinates me because of how little I know about. Since we were able to engage in a quality discussion about certain elements surrounding the regions of Japan, I really enjoyed it.
The second event that I attended for the months of February/March was the Breathe Hope Service Spotlight session. It was a fantastic presentation with Alexis and Elizabeth about an organization on Ohio State’s campus that I was unfamiliar with, making it engaging. Breathe Hope is focused on efforts to help people with cystic fibrosis, a disease without a cure at the moment, that affects the things in our body responsible for mucus production in the body. Because of this struggle, this often leaves people with fluids filling their lungs, blocking passageways in the body, not to mention the multitude of side effects that result from these problems. Alexis and Elizabeth went into extensive detail on the events that they host through their organization. Although many components of the organization have been moved to Zoom, not a shocker, it looks like a club that would be very fulfilling to be a part of. Breathe Strong makes sure to push into Buckeyethon every year, as well as put on other fundraising events to make as much money as possible for the kids. They ended their discussion on a very heartwarming note, saying they hope that CF stands for “cure found” in the near future, and I can emphatically agree with that sentiment.