1. Why did you choose to applyto this study abroad program? When I chose to attend NortheasternUniversity, I understood that an essential part of that commitment was apersonal dedication to exploring all that the university could offer me.Throughout high school, I believed that my end goal upon graduation was to headto law school. However, once I stepped on campus, I realized I would be doing adisservice to myself if I did not use the abundant opportunities that are availableto me to try a variety of different fields of study within political science,rather than just have a rigid law-track mindset. I applied to this dialogue tothe United Nations to experience first-hand international political discourse. Inthe current state of affairs of our world, I believe that learning only inclassrooms and through textbooks about global politics would not nearly beenough to fully understand many of the concepts and theories in play.
Instead,I have applied in hopes of fully engaging myself into this experience, totravel with Professor Garcia to the United Nations, and to see first-hand whatglobal politics looks like on the ground. For me, the concept ofinternational politics is not one that was well taught throughout high school.We focused strongly on the United States, its history and its government. Forthis reason, I lacked a basic understanding of international politics prior tocoming to Northeastern and out of naiveté, confined my interests to domesticpolicy and domestic law. I am certain that travelling to the United Nationswill help to expand the horizons of my knowledge and will allow me to be moreinformed when I weigh whether a career in international policy or law would besomething I enjoy. On top of this, traveling to Geneva will be my first timeleaving the continental United States, an experience I am exceptionally excitedfor. With such a vibrant international community at Northeastern, and theabundant opportunities to travel abroad the University provides, I knew Ineeded to travel at least once before graduating. I am completely honored tohave been accepted for a dialogue as a freshman and to have that globalexperience so early in my education.
I intend to focus on even the smallestdetails on the trip, such as passing through security or getting my passportchecked. For many people this might seem like commonplace occurrences, but as afirst-time global traveler, these small experiences will help to shape mybroader trip. I know that when I find joy in basic occurrences throughout theduration of the trip, my experience will be one of personal growth, abundant excitement,and academic energization. 2. What do you hope to gain abroad in this regionof the world? In international politics andlaw, there is no more significant place to travel for studying than Geneva andthe United Nations. While many criticize the body as ineffective and lackingenforcement, the opportunity to bring the nations of the world together underone roof to discuss is truly a unique one. To be able to spend time studyinghere, as well as meeting and talking with individuals who work to shape ourglobal policy every day as an undergraduate student is an incredible opportunity.
The content produced from these meetings often is added to future textbooks andlectures in the United States. To experience this work first-hand is invaluablein building an understanding of how to body works, how global diplomacy works,and how best to push forward in bettering our global community. I understand that if I amtruly looking to understand global politics and if I am to truly consider it asa possible career field, I need to get on the ground and get my hands dirty tosee if this is something I enjoy. Much like how a prospective law student mightco-op at a law firm to see if they enjoy the work lawyers do day to day, thisis a unique opportunity to see how the pinnacle global body, the UnitedNations, operates on a day-to-day basis. I chose Northeastern because of theunique opportunity it provides to experience a line of work prior to fullycommitting to it in school, the opportunity to try a law firm before applyingto law school or to try campaigning before completing a political sciencedegree. It would be wrong to not apply this same standard, to go and immerseoneself in the field prior to entering it, just because that field happens tobe an international one.
Much like students who look for co-op experience lookfor firms where they can gain the most valuable experience that is relevant tothe field in which they hold to pursue, the United Nations is the firm of mostvalue, in my opinion, in most all international policy work. Having the chanceto travel to Geneva and more broadly Europe, who is seeing a rapidly changingpolitical culture in their own regard, is a unique chance for my own personalgrowth and academic development.