Hi there! Once again, I’ve been extremely negligent in blogging consistently. Sorry! Last quarter, as with all quarters, was extremely busy. Before I delve into the excitement of this quarter, I’ll give you a quick update on what happened since October.
I finished up the transition from the OCPD to the Dean’s Suite. This involved wrapping up the Social Impact Organization Networking Forum. We switched up the format so that it was also a panel discussion of issues facing nonprofits as well as networking time with organizations. It was a great event that we partnered up with SIDI for, and because of that we were able to get Ali Baba catering for everyone — yum. Transitioning to the Dean’s Suite meant that I got to work on my first Public Diplomacy Speaker Series event, where we partnered with the Center for Middle East Studies to host David Sanger and Steven Kinzer. Sanger is the current White House correspondent for the New York Times, and Kinzer also wrote for the New York Times and recently published a book. Very cool event with a huge turnout. As part of the Nathanson Fellowship, I also traveled to DC to meet with Aspen Institute folks to talk about the upcoming ADDTech conference in Aspen — our duties are mostly to write a report about suggested changes for the State Department’s public diplomacy initiatives. It’s a huge undertaking, but I’m very interested in the topic and am very excited to research it!
The Global Cup Challenge with WorldDenver was a hit. We raised money for the organization and everyone had a great time playing trivia. The team from the Canadian consul all dressed in matching hockey jerseys. They had a cheer and everything. I don’t really remember most of the evening; I was mostly running around making sure everything was going smoothly. But my favorite moment was when everyone had left except some of our staff and volunteers — we were giddy from a really fun and successful evening and did a little cheer in front of the Inverness Hotel. I’m pretty sure the staff thought we were crazy, but we did not care.
So, after all of that, I drove on down to Arkansas for a lovely Christmas break. It was extremely relaxing. I essentially did nothing except eat. I’m not gonna lie, it was amazing. I subbed a couple of days, but again, it was mostly a whole lotta nothing.
Now I’m back at Korbel taking Professional Communication, Foreign Policy and Public Opinion, and History, Culture and Conflict. It’s definitely going to be an interesting quarter. No jobs besides the Dean’s Suite, so I’m definitely feeling a bit more settled than last year. And, of course, my schedule leaves a lot more time for the job search! I can’t believe that it’s already that time. I know of several lucky second years that already have job offers, either from their internship or from a job they’ve already applied to. They’re making me feel like a slacker!
Till next time, y’all.