So, I was pretty terrible at this whole blogging thing at DU — sorry! But, I figure I’d give a brief update on life as an official master and what I’m doing now that I’ve headed out of the ivory tower towards the real world.
I say I’m headed towards the real world because I’m really not in it yet. The most exciting news I have to share from last spring is that I was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany! I found out last April, and I was at work when I got the email and was totally unable to function like a proper human the rest of the day. I’ve been at my new job helping German high school students learn English for a couple of months now, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’m also fully confident that I wouldn’t be here without Korbel – I spent last fall in lots of meetings with the career office and workshops with the writing center, and I can say it was all definitely worth while! If you want to hear more about what I’m doing as a Fulbrighter, you can head over to my new blog laufenmitliz.wordpress.com
As for everything else, I got a lot less whiny winter and spring quarter. Classes were especially demanding in Spring; I took Comparative State Building, US National Security Policy, Political Behavior of Citizens in Representative Democracies (probably one of my favorite classes at Korbel – Torcal talks a big game but the class isn’t too bad and totally worth the work you do put in), and an independent study on Public Diplomacy reform for the Nathanson. I participated in CENEX (which I also highly recommend). My parents came into town for their Spring Break, and they were able to sit in on General Casey’s class on civil-military relations. If you can get into this class, take it! I only got to observe a couple of times, and I am kicking myself for not taking it. And of course I spent a lot of time enjoying the Pio and Prom with fellow Korbellians and visiting my other favorite Denver spots like Park Burger, Adelitas, Jelly, (I like food-don’t judge me) and Wash Park (to name a few).
I can’t believe my time in Denver has already come to an end. It really wasn’t as bad as I (and in reality, the whole cohort) complained about it, and it’s been a wonderful experience both for me personally and as I begin my professional career. Always feel free to contact me if you have any questions about going to Korbel, and thanks for reading!