Thursday, December 26, 2013

I'm Bringing It Back!

Since I returned to the U.S. in July I stopped writing in this blog.  I made a decision that my life was no longer interesting enough to write about.  However, after taking this hiatus and thinking things through, I realized that no matter where I am in the world or what I am doing with my life, I still have something to say.  I still have commentary on what is happening in the world around me.  This is why I'm bringing it back!  Even though I'm going to start writing again, things obviously won't be the same, so I revamped the blog a little.  One difference is that I added an "In the News" tab.  This is where I'll be posting news articles that I come across.  Many of these articles are about East Africa, women's empowerment and human rights, because that's what I find myself reading these days.  Otherwise, my general style should be the same.

First, I'll catch you up on where I am in the world these days.  After getting back in July, I spent about a month at home in Philadelphia before moving to Washington DC in mid-August.  I started studying International Economic Relations at American University and I don't even think I can describe how different it seems from my previous college experience.  I've been to graduate school before, but this is a much better fit for me.  It's challenging but relevant.  I definitely made the right choose.

I finished my first semester earlier this month and the next semester starts in mid-January.  However, before I begin the school term, I'll be starting my new internship.  I'll be working with the State Department's Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.  I actually got this internship back in the summer and I've been spending the last few months on my security clearance.  My clearance is what I think is the lowest level, however any security clearance takes a serious amount of time.  I'll have this internship until Spring Break and then I'll be back to the good old job hunt.

Otherwise, I've been just living my life in DC (which I'll comment on later).  This blog is now officially the tales, adventures, and experiences of a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  We'll see where life leads me.