I developed critical and analytical thinking skills, and learned how to think and speak spontaneously.
More importantly, I now confront issues instead of avoiding them.
It is exciting to discover solutions to problems that affect others, as I was able to do as part of the 1st Place team for the 2010 United Nations Global Debates Program on climate change and poverty.
I take a natural interest in global issues, and plan to become a foreign affairs analyst or diplomat by studying international affairs with a focus on national identity.
In particular, I am interested in the North-South Korean tension.
What irreconcilable differences have prompted a civilization to separate?
They had wanted to protect me--only six years old at the time--from the complex and morose concept of death.
However, when the end inevitably arrived, I wasn’t trying to comprehend what dying was; I was trying to understand how I had been able to abandon my sick grandmother in favor of playing with friends and watching TV.
Policy implications remain vague, and sovereignty theories have their limits—how do we determine what compromises are to be made?
And on a personal level, why did my grandfather have to flee from his destroyed North Korean hometown--and why does it matter?