Summer 2012 etc.
The muggy weather. The daily riding of the Metro. No going to class.
It has to be summer in the DMV!
As you might have expected, I’m back on the East Coast and well into the swing of things for the summer. I’ve started interning full-time with doing communications with a non-profit that supports the United Nations, which has been a great experience so far! Outside of work, I am reading some great books (The Net Delusion, Everything is Illuminated), trying different restaurants (ShopHouse East Asian Kitchen, Agora), and attempting to balance my time between productive and unproductive things.
One thing I’ve noticed about political engagement while home is this: it’s very much an either/or situation. Now, there is a large group of Americans who are not politically engaged whatsoever, which could be considered within an either/or paradigm. However, within those who are politically adept, there remains a polarity: people know American politics or International Relations, but rarely do they know both (beyond where they obviously overlap). Even this summer, working within the international development community, I find myself slipping in coverage of the election.
To produce the next generation’s political leaders, we need balanced students who are aware and passionate about both domestic and international issues. While it’s fine to have a preference with the study of government, both subfields are key to understanding of our place within the global system.
Beyond my rant, a personal update:
Today, I deactivated my @j_ricecakes twitter username. If you’re already following me, you don’t have to do anything. If you’re not or you want to DM/MT me, the new one is @JonFRice.
Tweet away and happy summer!