Year 2 International Affairs Scholars Reflection #1

To begin my second year in the International Affairs Scholars Program, I attended the Global Engagement Film Night on Wednesday, August 28th from 7-9PM.  I went to a showing of Honeyland, a Turkish documentary drama at the Gateway Film Center. This event fulfilled the academic requirement.

The documentary mainly focused on a female beekeeper that takes care of her mother and also tries to preserve the area around her. Her efforts are disrupted by a family that settles near her and has no regard for the effects of human behaviors and the environment. The film as a whole demonstrates how we as humans interact with natural resources and our considerations for others (or lack of it).

Coming in, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I typically enjoy documentaries but I was interested to see how I would like one strictly based on the visuals. The family that came to the area seemed to have good intentions but were easily persuaded by the businessman to produce more honey which ended up killing them all. Everything is only good in moderation and by taking more when they shouldn’t have, the balance was set off. It really opened my eyes to the impact that small changes can have on the living things in our world. I previously knew some things about beekeeping but it was interesting to see the similarities and differences of how it is done around the world.

This event relates to the topic of International Affairs because of the different perspective that the film provided and the sheer impact of seeing what happens around the world. Changes made to the environment affect the entire world. We need to work together with other nations to ensure that our economic efforts are not ruining the balance in nature. We need to make sure that we are not overharvesting resources because it will kill other organisms in the process.

This topic relates to my potential minor in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability as I am really interested in the different dimensions of work in this area and what we can do as individuals to preserve our planet. Humans are very greedy and profit-driven so it is important to remember the long-lasting impact that our actions have on wildlife and the world as a whole. As a business major, I feel that this could be useful in the field to remind people that money is not the most important thing in the world and that we need to consider the consequences of our actions.

After the documentary ended,  I had numerous questions pertaining to the storyline. Films like this always leave lots of room for interpretation and allow you to figure out how you would like to act after processing the information. Specifically related to the woman, I would like to know how she dealt with the death of her mother and what she did following the loss of the one person that was very important to her. I wonder if she eventually moved to the city or continued living in her village. I am also interested in how the makers of the documentary were able to film while witnessing some awful things occurring.

International Affairs Reflection #6

To finish off my first year with the International Affairs Scholars Program, I attended the Current Events Conversation on Thursday, March 28th from 7:30-8:30 PM in the Glass Classroom in Smith-Steeb. This event fulfilled the academic requirement.

Our academic chair, Sam Stelnicki led a presentation to update us on what business events were occurring at the time. She began with some definitions of the S&P, Dow Jones, and NASDAQ. Sam then discussed European copyright laws and the shift in the responsibility of the financial burden of copyright infringements. Another event that she talked about was that Uber bought Careem, the middle east direct competitor, for $3.1 billion. This is a key play as Uber is going public this year on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s initial public offering is estimated to be as much as $120 billion.  Additionally, Sam mentioned Huawei and accusations around selling goods to countries with sanctions. This behavior could disrupt relations between the United States and different countries around the world. Another topic discussed was the potential issues with Boeing 737s and what can be done going forward.

This event impacted me by allowing me to become more aware of what is happening around the world. As an International Affairs Scholar, I should be more aware of daily news but often find myself missing out on what is going on. This event relates to the topic of International Affairs because business is typically international in modern transactions and deals with economics and a variety of factors around the world. Although I am not specializing in international business, it is crucial to keep up with business news to make smart financial decisions for companies.

Personally, I enjoyed this event as I was able to review the things I already knew and learn more about events I had heard briefly about. While I already knew some terms related to the stock market it was beneficial to quickly review what they meant. Academically, I learned more about specific business topics that relate to my finance major. To make educated predictions and effective analysis for companies, it is vital to pay attention to different outside conditions. Overall, the conversation was beneficial in getting to hear the opinions of others and how they would respond in positions of power.

As previously stated, this event relates specifically to my core business classes that I am taking this semester. There is a strong correlation to my international business, business skills and environment, and business law classes. We have discussed specifics about the previous topics and can apply skills to these situations.

After attending the event I have a few questions. I wonder when Uber will officially become a public company and how much they will actually be valued at. It is difficult to gauge surrounding specific controversies. I also question how China will handle the issues with Huawei and how diplomatic relations will be affected by this. I am also interested in learning more about the issues with Boeing 737s and when this issue will officially be fixed.


International Affairs Reflection #5

For the second event requirement of the semester for the International Affairs scholars program, I attended the debate on Syrian Civil War: American Policy in Syria on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:00-7:30 PM in Psychology Building 006, presented by The Alexander Hamilton Society. This event fulfilled the non-IA requirement. The debate featured Michael Singh, the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Dr. Randall Schweller of the Ohio State Political Science Department. The moderator was Dr. Chris Gelpi of the Mershon Center.

This event impacted my overall view on government and American foreign policy. Before going to the event, I was skeptical that I would even pay attention because it is not something I am normally interested in. However, the debate was actually very interesting and I enjoyed myself. I had a preconceived notion that government was boring and such a large institution could not create quick change. I was impressed by the experience and perspective that both sides had on the issue. The back and forth discussion changed my perspective on taking troops out of Syria and allowed me to consider all implications.

The debate directly relates to the topic of International Affairs. We learn about what is going on around the world and Personally, I believe that we should withdraw the troops and focus on larger issues. Other countries will be able to sustain themselves without our involvement and sometimes it is better to let people figure things out individually. I learned a great deal on Syrian culture and what officially led to the initial conflict and I am glad I was able to be present for this heated debate. This relates to a lot that I have learned in high school and in my history class last semester.

I gained a lot academically from this event. Before attending this event, it was important to recognize my own personal preconceived notions as well as how the general public might react. When thinking of Syria, the first thing that comes to mind is the Syrian refugees. These are citizens that have fled the country as the Syrian Civil War has brought detrimental effects since 2011. Several countries are unsure whether they should let people in for fear of a terrorist attack or other crimes. Furthermore, the American people simply don’t have trust in government. The media has not helped the situation, as immigrants are portrayed in a negative light. People have been forced out of Syria as the civilian death toll rises. The war initially broke out after a combination of factors. I learned about the implications of all decisions and feel informed if I were to make a decision. Personally, I also thought about my current career path and whether I should alter it slightly because I find these topics so interesting.

By attending this event, I was exposed to ideas I am not used to and was able to gain a better world view and learn more about the differences between American and Syrian culture. After attending I would want to know more about possible career options in this field and how I could possibly tie it in with finance and business.

International Affairs Reflection #4

For my first event this semester for the International Affairs scholars program, I attended the MLK Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21 from 7:45 AM- 1 PM at COSI. This event fulfilled the service requirement.

We began the day in the Ohio Union with a presentation reminding us of the purpose of the day and a series of presentations. Following the event kickoff, we took a bus to the service site. I went with a few other International Affairs Scholars and we were sent to COSI. While at COSI, our group specifically cut tubes that resembled arteries and put them in plastic bags to be sent out in educational kits to go with online learning videos that schools and groups can participate in. This allows the students to learn interactively and apply the concepts in real life. We later loaded up the boxes to be shipped out and headed back to campus to discuss.

This event solidified my interest in volunteering and assisting others whenever possible. We had the day off from school because of Martin Luther King Jr. so I think it is only appropriate we give back and offer our time to honor his legacy. I think it is great that we are provided with such opportunities  It did not change my beliefs but I enjoyed participating in some service work with my friends.

This day of service relates to the topic of International Affairs because kindness and giving back is so vital to good relations in the community and ultimately with other countries. The news is always portraying the conflict and issues in the world but we need some acts of kindness to solve world issues. Simple discussion between diplomats can reduce conflict and improve world relations.

I learned about the methods COSI uses to provide science education to local schools and the impact of our collective few hours of work. I was also able to meet new people who were willing to spend a day off of school volunteering. It is nice to see that almost 1000 people wanted to wake up early and be sent to a random site to help people in the Columbus area. This event doesn’t necessarily relate to coursework as I am not an education major but relates to a variety of topics discussed in my second year writing class and the Morrill Scholars program. We discuss a lot about visual culture and COSI provides a number of attractions with interactive exhibits. This day of service included leadership and delegating roles. We were split off into sites and then further into specific tasks at COSI.

After attending this event, I wonder how else I can become involved with volunteering at COSI. Growing up in Columbus, I have always visited COSI as a child and it is interesting to now see behind the scenes. We received admission passes as a thank you for volunteering which was really nice as we weren’t expecting to receive anything besides the warm feeling that comes with an act of kindness.

International Affairs Reflection #3

For my third category of events for the International Affairs scholars program, I attended the Breathe Hope OSU Service Event making blankets for children with cystic fibrosis on Thursday, November 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Ohio Staters Inc. Room in Ohio Union. This event fulfilled the service requirement.

This activity impacted me because it allowed me to make a difference in a child’s life without taking a significant chunk of time out of my day. This serves as an example that we can all volunteer some portion of our time every day to create good in the world and make a positive impact. With only one hour, I was able to cut and tie blankets together to give to children with cystic fibrosis.

This event relates to the topic of International Affairs because kindness makes the world go round. There is so much conflict and negatively between countries but simple service and giving can change lives. Peaceful discussion and helping others when possible will solve numerous issues. This is something that diplomats consistently try to combat and improve across communities. We can do more to improve relations between people starting with our own living community all the way to countries around the world.

After attending the event I was interested in learning more about cystic fibrosis. I learned that it is “a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time” (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). It is nice to know that the affected kids truly receive things that they need. Personally, I gained a new perspective on volunteering as well as basic knowledge on how to construct tie blankets. Professionally, I had more experience working with others to achieve a common goal. I brought my IA friend Becca to the event and we worked together to complete the blanket.

While not necessarily coursework, this event relates to many of the topics addressed in the foundations of being a Morrill Scholar. It encompasses leadership, service, and social justice. There is even a service learning class offered that allows students to volunteer outside of class and experience meaningful contributions to society. The academic specifics also overlap with my biology class. We learned about genetics and cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease. People must have two copies of the defective gene, one from each parent. Therefore children can also become carriers. It is interesting to see how genetics actually affects peoples lives and the diseases that can emerge from mutations.

After attending this event, I wonder how else I can become involved with the Breathe Hope club. I truly agree with their missions and values. Based on their student organization description I can tell they host a variety of events through yoga, service, educational events, and community outreach. I also wonder how else I can become involved with service events and volunteer activities around me. I am interested in finding other one hours events to make my impact on the world. There are countless opportunities out there, it is just up to me to find them and utilize them for good.



International Affairs Reflection #2

For my second category of events for the International Affairs scholars program, I attended the U.S. State Department Information Session on Tuesday, October 30th from 3:00-4:30 PM in Cockins Hall. This event fulfilled the non-IA requirement. The topic was discussed by Dale Giovengo, diplomat in residence of the North Central region.

This event impacted my view on government jobs and future options for my personal career. Before listening to the speaker, I had a preconceived notion that government jobs were boring and a waste of time and resources. However, it seems very interesting to be able to travel to a variety of countries and serve as a diplomat. I was impressed by the sheer number of opportunities available to college students. There were four main categories of work described at the U.S. Department of State level including student programs, civil service, foreign service specialists, and foreign service officers. I am probably most likely to do the unpaid internship program at this point in my college After hearing about the differences between jobs I  had a different perspective on solving conflict with other countries. This relates to International Affairs because it is vital to maintain peace and negotiate with other world powers to benefit all parties.

I gained academic knowledge about specific details regarding the national government and programs currently in place. I learned that national security has a 70 billion dollar budget. I also found it interesting that a majority of the 71000 employees in the state department are foreign service nationals/locals that solve issues in the area. Dale Giovengo spoke about his personal experience before becoming involved with embassy operations in Albania, Pakistan, Switzerland, Iraq, and other countries. It was very beneficial to hear first-hand experience of working for the government. The amount of travel required could be fulfilling, but also rough on family life.

As a finance major, I did not think there were many professional opportunities with the U.S. Department of State. Before listening to Dale, I thought government jobs were mainly for people in public affairs or international studies. However, I was pleased to discover that there isn’t a specific major required to obtain a job in this category. Personally, I am interested in international business and believe this would be a good way to get involved in global interactions. Although I haven’t specifically discussed this kind of topic in any recent coursework, I am sure that I will learn more in my classes focused on international business.

After attending this event I am interested in learning more about the first steps I should take to get into programs and which ones I should apply for initially. I wonder if I have a good personality to succeed in these jobs or what I should do to improve my chances. I think I am still more interested in corporate finance but going down the government track could be an educational experience. Although it might not be my specific path, I was still glad to have learned about other options available.

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